WATER CONSERVATION AND WATER DEMAND MANAGEMENT MEDIA STATEMENT Q4

Water Conservation and Water Demand Management (WCWDM) has been identified as a crucial intervention towards improved water use efficiency and an effective contributor to water security. During recent times we have seen major cities and small towns not having sufficient water sources for various reasons, including the recent drought, that led to a water crisis in those areas. In some cases, this could mainly be attributed to poor water use behaviour, poor management of assets and poor regulation of water use. Water conservation and demand management must be implemented on the total water cycle, from raw water supply, through the entire municipal and agricultural water cycles, to industries and domestic water cycles. It is however worth mentioning that the water cycle does not end with the drinking water supply but includes the sewerage system as part of the total water cycle.

Billions of Rands are lost as non-revenue water in the municipal water supply systems due to physical water losses, inefficient use, and general wastage of water within the sector. This can cause large amounts of revenue loss for the municipalities and can also result in very high consumption by water users. To address these issues, we need to embark on an effective and intensive water conservation and demand management programme. Emalahleni Local Municipality is compelled by the National Water Act, Act No. 36 of 1998, and the Water Services Act, Act 108 of 1997, to ensure that water resources are used in a sustainable manner, conserved, managed, controlled, and protected for the current and future generations.
The following are 6 ways you can use to conserve water: -
  1. Monitor your monthly water bill
  2. Run the dishwasher only when it’s full
  3. Turn off the faucet when lathering hands
  4. Do not leave running water while brushing your teeth
  5. Water the garden early in the morning or late in the evening
  6. Regularly check hoses and faucets for leaks
Issued by communications Unit
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Communications Unit

The communication is a strategic function. The unit deals with Internal & External Communication, Conducting imbizo Programmes, Media and stakeholder liaison, media production, marketing and branding. The municipality has adopted the communication strategy, which entails the channels and tools of communicating to the stakeholders. These channels and tools are amongst other municipal website, municipal face-book, local print and electronic media.
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