Water crisis

Overview

Notice a water leak at UCT?
Please report it immediately to the 24-hour Maintenance Helpdesk - 021 650 4321/2.

Water is an increasingly precious resource. The region is presently undergoing the harshest drought on record. The dams and reservoirs feeding the municipality are at record lows. In response, the UCT executive has formed a Water Task Team that raises awareness of water-related issues and will put contingency plans in place. UCT has already started several temporary water-reduction strategies.

The Water Task Team is an advisory group that facilitates a new water consciousness on campus and drives water savings activities. It falls under the portfolio of DVC Loretta Ferris and is chaired by Dr Kevin Winter, while the communications are centralised by the Water Desk. Contact Jessica Fell on 021 650 5671.

UCT urgently needs WATER CHAMPIONS

Water Champions can help to build water awareness and improve water management by:

Showering Printing and displaying water posters
Personal hygiene Displaying and updating videos and notices on monitors
Flushing your toilet Arranging discussions on water saving, reuse and alternative uses of water
Drinking water Encouraging applied research directed at improving water management
Cooking Collecting and distributing stories about what it means to be living in a city with a water crisis

Reuse water and reduce usage

Save water

A water champion is someone who is committed to building water awareness and ensuring that water conservation is a part of everything everyone does in their department. The person acts as a local ambassador and point of contact at a departmental/building level. The role includes (i) raising awareness about water through visible awareness (posters) and holding discussions, (ii) conducting a simple 5-day water audit, (iii) sharing stories (iv) including cleaning staff in the conversation.” The water champions are members of staff in each building so perhaps advertise that students can get involved by emailing me and I will put them in touch with the relevant champion (we have 43 of them).

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