Cape Town celebrates National Water Week

By philip
19 March 2013

During National Water Week the City’s dedicated unit steps up their water-saving awareness campaigns and events.

Thus far the City’s Water Management Strategy has reduced unaccounted for water losses by 5,1% during the 2010/11 financial year. This is in addition to compliance with national water quality checks.
The City of Cape Town continues its annual support for National Water Week this year, held from 18 – 24 March 2013, by using it as an opportunity to promote the importance of water conservation in the metropole.

“The City’s Water and Sanitation Department has a proud history of engaging with residents and businesses as well as visitors to Cape Town around the responsible use of water. As part of our commitment to being a Caring City, we have, for the past three years, dedicated the entire month of March to highlighting the importance of everyone’s role in the city towards water conservation. Although we constantly remind residents that every day should be a water-saving day, we intensify our efforts in support of the national initiative in March,” said the City’s Mayoral Committee Member for Utility Services, Councillor Ernest Sonnenberg.

The City is proud to have a dedicated unit consisting of trained water conservation officials who educate and raise awareness about water conservation all year round. The trained water conservationists visit schools, tertiary and religious institutions, government and non-government institutions, businesses and industry throughout the year to impress upon them the need to be responsible water users.

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During March, and especially National Water Week, City staff go even further to boost the national campaign. This is an opportunity for the City to shine alongside our peers at a national level, by making a significant impact on water consumers through the City’s three-year ‘Keep Saving Water’ campaign.

The City has reduced unaccounted for water losses by 5,1% during the 2010/11 financial year and the percentage is increasing, thanks to:

•         Effective metering and monitoring
•         Technical assessments
•         Proactive maintenance and planning
•         The pipe-replacement programme
•         Pressure management
•         Zoning of distribution networks
•         Leak repair projects
•         Education and awareness
•         Training and skills development

The City has consistently improved its efforts to engage and communicate with water consumers. The City’s dedicated website, offers easy reference and access to water saving information and tips for homeowners, business, commerce and the building industry. Avid gardeners will also find a wealth of useful information about water-wise gardening.

via Cape Town Green Map