SEKHUKHUNE – The Department of Water and Sanitation has confirmed that it allocated over 400 water tanks to various identified schools in Limpopo province.
According to the department, over 200 of the water tanks have been installed at the schools and are in use.
Furthermore, the department also confirmed that water tankers had been dispatched to refill the tanks regularly so that learners and teachers had uninterrupted water supply.
It said that was in line with government’s resolve to ensure that everyone had access to clean and reliable water and to keep up with recommendations of the World Health Organisation.
Sputnik Ratau, Director Media Liaison, said that was to create an enabling environment for learners and teachers to regularly wash their hands with soap and reduce the spread of COVID-19.
Ratau said that the department would ensure that the tankers drew water from different water treatment works and boreholes across the province to refill the installed tanks at periodic intervals.
The department has partnered with the Department of Basic Education and its water entity and implementing agent of this roll-out, Rand Water, to ensure that no school would be without water as the country intensified its fight against the spread of the coronavirus pandemic.
Ratau said both departments entered into an implementations protocol agreement for the supply of water tanks to schools across the country.
Human Settlements, Water and Sanitation Minster, Lindiwe Sisulu, appealed to communities to take care of the tanks provided to schools and to report any criminal activities meted out against them, whether it be their theft or destruction.
Minister Sisulu reminded communities to continue to practice restraint when using water. “While you are washing your hands, keep in mind that South Africa is a water scarce country and therefore you should avoid water wastage. Let us save this precious water resource we have currently. We do encourage people to practice the culture of washing hands regularly, especially during critical times of COVID-19 pandemic, but let us also use this water prudently,” said Sisulu.