City takes water-saving campaign to schools

City officials spoke to Grade 10 and 11 Inkwenkwezi Secondary School pupils about the importance of saving water.

The City is running a water-saving education drive at schools in Dunoon, Table View and Milnerton.

On Wednesday August 24, officials spoke to Grade 10 and 11 pupils from Dunoon’s Inkwenkwezi Secondary School about the importance of saving water.

Lona Maqhula, from the City’s water and sanitation department, said climate change was a reality and there was no indication when the next drought would hit Cape Town.

In 2018, the municipality imposed water restrictions – limiting people to 50 litres of water per person per day – as the dams almost ran dry and Cape Town came close to what became known as “day zero”, the point when the City would turn off the taps and force the public to collect water from distribution points.

“We are encouraging pupils to save the water that we have now so that we do not face the possibility of day zero like four years ago,” said Ms Maqhula.

“The message that we spread with young kids is more impactful than if we are just going into communities passing out pamphlets.”

Inkwenkwezi Secondary School acting deputy principal, Nobesuthu Nqabeni, said the message was very important because water wastage was a big problem in Dunoon.

Lona Maqhula, from the City’s water and sanitation department, speaks to Inkwenkwezi Secondary School pupils about saving water.