Gauteng Department of Cooperative Governance, Traditional Affairs and Human Settlements MEC, Jacob Mamabolo has called  the public to action by asking all Gauteng residents to change the manner in which they use water, marking the beginning of a new era in water preservation in the province.

Launching the #SaveWater campaign MEC Mamabolo said the campaign is aimed at educating the community about saving water and changing daily habits to make sure that water is preserved.

The campaign will be rolled out through community based door-to-door efforts driven by councillors and government officials including Community Development Workers (CDWs) who are going to serve as foot soldiers.

MEC Mamabolo says although Gauteng has experienced rainfall over the past couple of days, water conservation is still a serious concern for the province. He therefore urged the foot soldiers to take a message to the public to make sure that they conserve water by waging the war against water leaks (Gauteng loses 26% of its water annually) and ensuring that every household has water harvesting capability when rain falls.

Mamabolo says it is important for every household be fitted with water harvesting tanks.Public institutions like schools, clinics, libraries and schools must also invest in tanks to harvest water.

“I appeal to everyone to monitor their water usage, to save water, and to prevent waste. We ask all sectors of the economy to join us in this pledge and save water,” added Mamabolo

The MEC says many people take it for granted that the province has an abundant supply of water. “Gauteng is a water scarce province, the capacity to provide water in Gauteng is pressurised by the population growth annually which impacts water consumption negatively”.

Advocate Matshidiso Hashatse, Chairperson of Rand Water Board said both the community and government have a role to play in support of #SaveWater campaign and in changing behaviour.

Hashatse said:“We must move away from the assumption of plenty and from the culture of using water as though it was abundant. With the prevailing climatic conditions our water supply will continue to be under pressure. Behavioural change will assist in easing the situation.”



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