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24 December 2015

City Continues To Urge The Public To Save Water During The Festive Season 

While thousands of holidaymakers have been welcomed to the City, the water crisis remains a concern. 

Residents and visitors are urged to continue to use water wisely and sparingly over the festive season as the province is still experiencing a drought.

A continuous awareness campaign has been carried out throughout the festive season with City officials visiting beaches and engaging with commuters in trains and at bus stations to raise awareness of the drought and provide tips on reducing their water consumption.

The City is further appealing to all residents and visitors to further reduce their water consumption. Domestic, commercial and industrial consumption is to be reduced by 50 percent in the Northern areas and 15 percent of normal consumption in the rest of the City.

The following simple water-saving tips can help save water:

• Fix leaking taps immediately as a dripping tap wastes up to 76 litres of water. A bucket can be placed under the tap until it is fixed. The collected water can be used for other purposes;

• Use a bucket to collect water from the shower while you’re waiting for the water to warm up; 

• Reuse water. Grey water (water used for another household purpose that can be reused) can be used for a number of purposed such as watering the garden;

• Turning off the tap when you are brushing your teeth can save up to six litres of water per minute and; 

• Don’t flush the toilet unnecessarily as the toilet uses about six litres of water every time you flush.

Our helpline will be operational throughout the festive season. Contact our Call Centre on 0801313013, or sms 43554 to report any water-related matters. Staff will respond quickly to address the situation.

Let us enjoy all enjoy this season and be water-wise.

ENDS

Issued by the Head of Communications, Tozi Mthethwa. 

For more information contact Gugu Mbonambi on 031 311 4855 or email: gugu.mbonambi@durban.gov.za or Princess Nkabane on 031 311 4818 or email: princess.nkabane@durban.gov.za

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