Residents to be provided with water and chemical toilets during Covid-19 lock down

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Mr Lefadi Makibinyane

Hammanskraal is among the beneficiaries of the City of Tshwane provision of water and chemical toilets to all its residents, including informal settlements.

The city said as an initiative to flatten the Covid 19 curve, it was resolved by the National Department of Water and Sanitation (NDWS) that 2500 liters water tanks will be given to Schools in Region 2 in Hammanskraal due to historical problems of the quality of water in the area.

The City of Tshwane’s Administrator for Utility Services, Mr Lefadi Makibinyane, said there is water provision in all comers of the City for residents to drink and to practice proper hygiene measures through washing their hands with soap. There is a total of 969 water tanks that will be servicing all the informal settlements in the City of Tshwane.

Only 183 of water tanks out of 466 donated by the National Department of Water and Sanitation (NDWS) are currently operational – 23 in Region 1, 39 in Region 2, 11 in Region 3, 17 in Region 4, 39 in Region 5, 22 in Region 6, 32 in Region 7.

“We are grateful to an organization that donated 40 000 liters of the borehole water in Region 2 Hammanskraal. The trucks will be filling water from this borehole during the lockdown period. This means that 492 operational tanks by the City and 183 operational tanks by NDWS, which makes a total of 675 operational tanks currently with 262 mobile water tankers in operation.

“This means that we are currently supplying water through 262 mobile water tankers. The NDWS also delivered 327 of 5000 liters of water tanks, 102 of 10 000 liters of water tanks, and 37 of 2500 liters of water tanks. The total delivered by NDWS is 466 as of 26 April 2020,” Mr Makibinyane said.

The City has been providing informal settlements with a total of 3 128 chemical toilets and the Human Settlements Department replaced 334 chemical toilets after the contract with the Service Provider lapsed. The City requested 2000 additional chemical toilets to various regions and received 163, with 1 837 outstanding to date. The toilets are serviced twice a week by the appointed service providers.

“We requested a total of 2 334 chemical toilets, including replacements, and received 502 chemical toilets with 1 840 chemical toilets still outstanding. The service provider indicated that she has received 600 chemical toilets which the City will use during the implementation of the de-densification plan which will resume during the beginning of May 2020.

“We are currently providing a total of 3 296 chemical toilets to informal settlements in the City and when all outstanding deliveries are made, we will be providing 5 136 chemical toilets to the informal settlements throughout the municipality,” Mr Makibinyane said.

He added that provision of water will ensure that destitute residents are able to wash their hands in order to curb the spread of the virus.