As part of their National Water week effort, Environmental Health Practitioners (EHPs) from Eden District Municipality’s (Eden DM’s) George based office, advocated the message and spirit of World Water Day to 177 learners and 8 educators of the Diepkloof Primary School in Diepkloof.
World Water Day is an annual event celebrated globally on 22 March with the focus on the importance of universal access to clean water, adequate sanitation and hygiene. The day also focuses on advocating for the sustainable management of freshwater resources across the globe. The theme for the 2017 World Water Day fittingly was “Why Waste Water”.
World Water Day is an international observance day, meaning to inspire people around the world to learn more about water-related issues, to tell others about these issues and take action to make a difference. One of these issues is the current global water crisis facing humanity, inclusive challenges such as safe water, water scarcity, water pollution and the lack of adequate sanitation. The day also brings to light the inequality of access to services and the need to ensure the human right to clean water and adequate sanitation. Currently, there are over 663 million people worldwide not having access to any kind of water.
EHPs, Ms Emmy Douglas, Ms Neo-Lay Klue, Ms Carike Soman, Ms Janine van Wyk, Ms Lana Alexander, Ms Nomvuyiso Pono, Ms Khanyisa Shoto and Mr David Papier, participated in the initiative. Supporting their effort were Ms Cherylene Janklaas and Mr Thembalani Dassie from Breede Gouritz Management Catchment Agency (Water saving measures); Mr Deon Makwena, Cape Nature (Our environment) and Mr Geoffrey Bredenkamp, George Municipality (Water Purification).
Mr David Papier shared the event’s activities and information on the current global water situation, Ms Lana Alexander shared valuable information on personal hygiene and proper hand wash techniques were demonstrated by Ms Carike Soman during the events. The biomonitoring of rivers project was also exhibited.
As part of the water saving initiatives, the school changed all manual taps to automatic stop units, where waste water is used in their garden and during intervals instead of running taps, water for drinking is provided in containers. Mr David Papier said: The Diepkloof School can proud themselves by the saying “do what you can, do it with others and do it with passion.