Water wise ways

Reducing water loss and saving money 

 The “Water Wise Ways” project seeks to reduce preventable water losses and waste resulting from leaky taps in township households. It also raises awareness at household level about the connection between water stress and climate change. A strong partnership is in place between the GCBR, CapeNature and some municipalities. Local youth have been trained to conduct an audit of the water points and leaks. To date hundreds of leaky taps, toilets and broken pipes have been repaired. Water meters are read during visits to houses and a subsequent audit is done to ascertain whether water usage and water bills have decreased and the fixed leaks are still fixed. Workshops have taken place to raise awareness regarding the importance of water conservation. 

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Artificial wetland a sewerage filtering system

Artificial wetland a sewerage filtering system

12/7/17
The constructed wetland project in De Rust has seen successes and challenges over the course of 2017, however as the year draws to a close the project is well on its way to realizing its ultimate goal of returning the unusable wastewater - at the De Rust Sewage Works - as safe, clean water back into the natural catchment systems. Earlier stages of the project saw the construction of five long “floats” that were installed in the fourth (second-last) treatment dam of the De Rust sewage works. The floats are constructed from shade-cloth and old cool drink bottles, which create a support structure on which the “watter-scrubbing” Phragmites australis (fluitjiesriet) and Typha capensis (bulrush) plants can be mounted. The support structure is made by creating a “pillow” from the shadecloth, using old, dry  Phragmites australis or Typha capensis biomass. Empty and sealed cool drink bottles are stitched into the sides of the “pillow” for stabilization and floatation.  Phragmites australis or Typha capensis are then attached through the floats, with the roots hanging down below the float into the water, and the “above ground” biomass of the plant protruding from the top of the float, above the water. Read more in the attached report.
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A spring party for the local environment

A spring party for the local environment

12/7/17
Thanks to the Garden Route Casino Conservation Trust (GRCCT), the GCBR is engaging with approximately 120 households in KwaNonqaba and 20 in D’Almeida, measuring water usage, auditing leaking/broken pipes and taps, and fixing those. Audits were done by five workers to ascertain where household water is leaking, which leads to water waste and high water bills.  The team then moved in to fix the water leaks, which were mainly caused by leaking outside taps and toilet cistern failures.  The team was capacitated to understand the value of water as a scarce resource, and whilst auditing and fixing, they do informal awareness raising in the identified households.  Workshops to augment the water-scarce-message will be held in December 2017, and each household will receive a Wonderbag as water saving mitigation tool. For more information and photos refer to the attached document. 
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