Play your part in sav­ing wa­ter!

Grocott's Mail - - OUTSIDE - By NIKKI KÖHLY

Welcome back, stu­dents!

Gra­ham­stown is a wa­ter­scarce town and while we welcome stu­dents back, we also ask them to look af­ter this pre­cious re­source as care­fully as other res­i­dents.

Stu­dents and res­i­dents can find use­ful tips and prac­ti­cal in­for­ma­tion about green liv­ing and ac­tion for sus­tain­abil­ity, at www.ru.ac.za/en­vi­ron­ment/ac­tion and www.ru.ac. za/en­vi­ron­ment/stu­dents

The East­ern Cape, par­tic­u­larly the Sarah Baart­man re­gion which Makana falls un­der, is in a se­vere drought. For tips on sav­ing wa­ter, stu­dents and other res­i­dents can go to www.ru.ac.za/en­vi­ron­ment/re­sources/wa­ter

Makana wa­ter re­stric­tions

The re­stric­tion of 100 litres per per­son per day still ap­plies. Makana Com­mu­ni­ca­tions Of­fi­cer, Yoliswa Ramokolo, con­firmed on 25 Jan­uary that all the re­stric­tions are still stand­ing. “The chal­lenge is com­mu­nity mem­bers not ad­her­ing to [the re­stric­tions]. “Also as the mu­nic­i­pal­ity we do not have peace of­fi­cers for mon­i­tor­ing, we solely de­pend on the hon­esty of the ci­ti­zens,” she said. Makana Mu­nic­i­pal­ity of­fi­cially de­clared a state of dis­as­ter in May last year, due to dwin­dling dam lev­els. At that stage, Set­tler’s dam was at 29%.

Ramokolo con­firmed re­cently that Set­tlers Dam (our main sup­ply) is now at 19% - CRIT­I­CALLY LOW. Our smaller dams - How­i­son’s Poort 94%, Botha’s Hill 80% - do not pro­vide suf­fi­cient wa­ter se­cu­rity. She urges ev­ery mem­ber of the com­mu­nity to please play your part, use wa­ter wisely. Rhodes Univer­sity pro­vides wa­ter-sav­ing tips and in­for­ma­tion at www.ru.ac.za/en­vi­ron­ment/re­sources/wa­ter

Got no wa­ter? Des­per­ate to wash?

Don’t worry, help is at hand. Re­tired aca­demic and in­no­va­tive in­ven­tor, Dr Richard Grant, has re­vised and im­proved his sim­ple so­lu­tion for those in need. Shower in a Bot­tle uses just 5 litres of wa­ter. To find out how to make and use it, go to: bit.ly/GrocEn­viro20180126

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