i-sense partner, the Africa Centre for Population Health, is doing its part during South Africa's water shortage, by sharing what small quantities of water it has with the community of Somkhele in KwaZulu-Natal.
Water shortage is a major concern not only in KwaZulu-Natal, but also in the rest of the country. Rene Stroebel, Estates Manager at the Africa Centre said the research institution is also under serious threat of running completely dry. She adds “But since the borehole the institution invested in is still providing water- it is socially humane to share whatever drop it has with the surrounding community. This is the community where we conduct research after all. Unless we all join hands, we will simply not be able to pull through this prolonged drought."
“We have however set water restrictions of one 5000 litres tank per week. We realise that this is only a drop to the community, however, if everyone takes one drum at a time, the supply will go so much further to assist more people and give a fair chance to all to have at least drinking water”, Stroebel explained.
The Africa Centre has appealed to the community to understand the need to change their usual water consumption patterns and save every little drop of water.
For more information on the work of the Africa Centre for Population Health, please visit their website.