Water awareness: starting young
To celebrate National Water Week, Knysna Municipality’s environmental management department hosted a number of educational activities at local primary and high schools. This year, National Water Week was celebrated from 18 to 24 March with the theme “Access to safe water by 2030 – possible through nature”.
“Everyone can make a difference; including children. It does not matter how big or small the effort. We need to start at an early age on behavioural change in relation to water conservation. I am glad that the department has targeted young people for this campaign,” says councillor Levael Davis.
Activities included a guided tour of the water treatment works on 22 March for Concordia High School learners, and on 26 March, learners from Fraaisig, Hornlee and Sunridge primary schools were treated to a fun-filled educational theatre show. The production focused on water conservation.
Davis said, “We would like to remind our residents that water restrictions are still in place. We appeal to residents to use water sparingly and to help us extend the availability of the existing supply of water,” says Davis.
National Water Week is an awareness campaign that serves as a powerful mechanism reiterating the value of water, the need for sustainable management of this scarce resource, and the critical role adequate water supply plays in our communities.
Fraaisig Primary leaners enjoying the theatre production on 26 March.
Hornlee Primary School learners enjoying the theatre production on 26 March.