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Overberg Water is the implementation agent of the Department of Human Settlements, Water and Sanitation to ensure the provision of water for hygiene purposes to municipalities and other spheres of government in the Werstern Cape in light of the COVID-19 pandemic.

The Minister of Human Settlements, Water and Sanitation,  the Honourable Lindiwe Sisulu, has directed her department to ensure the provision of water and sanitation to vulnerable communities with medium and high residential densities; including informal settlements, hostels and public areas with such population densities.

Overberg Water has a mandate to distribute water and install water tanks across the non-metro areas in the Western Cape.

>> The news items on this page are posted in reverse date order from the latest to the oldest <<

owb logo dwsLetter To The Editor issued by the Department of Water & Sanitation Western Cape : 15 April 2020

Tankering Quality Waters To Vulnerable Communities

“It’s not about the quantity only”

In a bid to curb the novel COVID-19, by now about thirteen thousand water tanks and more than one thousand water tankers have been delivered to municipalities across South Africa. This is one of Government’s short term initiatives to ensure that communities have sustainable water supply during and beyond the Lockdown period.

In recent years, the issue of drinking water quality has been prioritized by the department. The question to be asked is, “is the water from water tanks and tankers safe to drink”?

The Department of Water and Sanitation (DWS) in Western Cape, in partnership with Local Government and Overberg Water Board is hard at work in ensuring that the consumers received good quality, safe drinking water.

As custodian of water resources In terms of the Water Services Act 108 of 1997, DWS has the responsibility to regulate water services i.e. water supply and sanitation services. these steps will be effective in mitigating risks in the entire water supply distribution network.

To further ramp the regulation of water quality, DWS and partners have developed a Water Quality Management Protocol for the emergency provision of water to communities at risk from COVID 19. The primary purpose of the protocol is to ensure good drinking water quality, as prescribed by SANS 241-2015, prevention of contamination during the distribution, storage and handling of drinking water during the provision of emergency water supply and to guide the development and implementation of drinking water quality management plans by the WSAs to maintain safe water quality management practices during COVID-19 and related future emergency situations.

This noble partnership is in line with World Health Organisation and South African Government’s appeal to communities to frequently wash their hands with soap and practice social distancing to curb the spread of the novel COVID-19 pandemic.

For these guidelines to yield positive results we have requested the Municipalities to study and comply with, the guidelines on:

  • Tanker cleaning protocol and
  • Profiling the water source
  • Water quality monitoring sites,
  • Indicative Parameters to be monitored,
  • Frequency of monitoring,
  • Frequency of submission of Drinking Water Quality Data/Reporting

These guidelines and subsequent plans of the Water Service Authorities WSAs are a guarantee to the public that water safety standards are not negotiable.

“Water is Life, Sanitation is Dignity”

 owb pdf icon Click here to download the Media Release

 

 

owb logo dwsMedia Statement issued by the Department of Water & Sanitation Western Cape : 13 April 2020

Government Moves To Regulate Scaling Up Emergency Water Supply In The Face Of COVID-19 Pandemic

The Department of Water and Sanitation in Western Cape, in partnership with Western Cape Local Government and Overberg Water Board has upped the ante to ensure that all Western Cape municipalities provide universal access to water to enable communities to employ hygienic practices.

This partnership is in line with World Health Organisation and South African Government’s appeal to communities to frequently wash their hands with soap and water, as well as practice social distancing to curb the spread of the novel COVID-19 pandemic.

According to the Department’s Western Cape Acting Provincial Head: Ms Ntombizanele Bila-Mupariwa, the partnership is key to the provision of emergency water supply via the water tankers and water tanks to communities identified to be at risk. Vulnerable communities will have sustainable and safe water supply in close proximity to their homes, to meet their essential basic needs and at the same time enable them to protect themselves by washing their hands.

In terms of the Water Services Act 108 of 1997, the DWS has the responsibility to regulate water services, i.e. water supply and sanitation services. Today’s steps will be effective in mitigating risks along the entire water supply distribution network.

Bila-Mupariwa further states that DWS Western Cape in conjunction with its partners developed a Water Quality Management Protocol for the emergency provision of water to communities at risk from COVID-19.

The primary purpose of the protocol is to:

  1. Ensure good drinking water quality, as prescribed by SANS 241-2015;
  2. Ensure the prevention of contamination during the distribution, storage and handling of drinking water during the provision of emergency water supply;
  3. Guide the development and implementation of drinking water quality management plans by the WSAs to maintain safe water quality Department of Water and Sanitation South Africa DW S_RSA management practices during COVID-19 and related future emergency situations.

Requests have been made to Municipalities to study and comply with, the guidelines on:

  • Tanker cleaning protocol,
  • Profiling the water source,
  • Water quality monitoring sites,
  • Indicative Parameters to be monitored,
  • Frequency of monitoring, and
  • Frequency of submission of Drinking Water Quality Data/Reporting

These guidelines and subsequent plans of the Water Service Authorities (WSAs) are a guarantee to the public that water safety standards are not negotiable.

“Water is Life, Sanitation is Dignity”

 owb pdf icon Click here to download the Media Release

 

 

 OWB CEO Address After President's Visit To Rand Water Command Centre #COVID-19 #Western Cape

Tuesday 07 April 2020
Department Of Water And Sanitation (Provincial Command Centre) - Bellville

The OWB CEO Mr Phakamani Buthelezi gave an address at the Department of Water & Sanitation Provincial Command Centre after the video conference session with President Ramaphosa’s visit to the Human Settlements, Water and Sanitation COVID-19 Centralised Command Centre at Rand Water.
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 Water Tanker Delivery To Grabouw Informal Settlements #COVID-19 #Western Cape

Monday 06 April 2020
Theewaterskloof Local Muncipality - Grabouw

The OWB CEO Mr Phakamani Buthelezi was in Grabouw where one water tanker was delivered to the Grabouw informal settlements in Theewaterskloof Local Municipality. Water tankers are distributed by the Department of Water and Sanitation to help fight the COVID-19 virus.
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owb logo dwsMedia Statement issued by the Department of Water & Sanitation Western Cape : 05 April 2020

Water Tankers And Water Tanks Handed Over To West Coast Municipalities

Today 05 April 2020, The Department of Water and Sanitation (DWS) handed over water tanks and water tankers to Cederberg and Matzikama Local Municipalities, West Coast. In an effort to curb the spread of the COVID-19 in the Western Cape, which has recorded the second largest number of infections in the country, (DWS) in conjunction with Provincial Government of the Western Cape are dispatching water tankers to the Cape Metro and Districts municipalities to enable water supply particularly in informal settlements.

According to Ms Ntombizanele-Bila Mupariwa, DWS Western Cape Acting Provincial Head, to date 130 water tanks have been dispatched across the Western Cape, with some municipalities including Drakenstein Local Municipality already supplying water from the water tanks.

Nosipho Quntu, Executive Mayor of Cederberg Local Municipality says she is happy with the delivery of the water tanks and a tanker as this will ensure the community of Cederberg Local Municipality receive uninterrupted water supply.

The Western Cape has received second batch of additional 18 water tankers and the distribution of the water tanks and tankers started this morning 05 April 2020.

According to Bila-Mupariwa, the co-operation between different spheres of Government has been amazing from the onset. “We will continue to hold hands with our Provincial and local government counterparts of the Western Cape as we are working towards a common goal”, says Bila-Mupariwa.

The allocations of the water tanks to district municipalities and the Cape Metro remains the same with Garden Route receiving 78, Overberg 60, West Coast 42, Cape Winelands 75 and Central Karoo 50.

The Cape Town Metro is allocated a lion’s share of 244 waters tanks as it has the largest number of informal settlements without access to adequate clean water.

Western Cape Minister of Human Settlements, Tertuis Simmers says: “I am pleased with the rate at which the tanks are being delivered to areas where it is critically needed. I will be visiting various communities and locations to ensure that the tanks are delivered and those who should be benefitting from this initiative, are indeed doing so.

This provision will undoubtedly strengthen improved hygiene practices, while also encouraging social distancing, given the access to more water points, so that the spread of COVID-19 can be prevented. We have to #StopTheSpread.”

As a Safety measure, monitoring and testing of water samples will be taken to ensure that portable water is delivered to consumers.

Furthermore, all Western Cape water users are reminded that the Province have survived the worst drought in memory in 2017-18. Citizens are urged to conserve water whilst embarking on good hygiene practices.

“Water is Life, Sanitation is Dignity”

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owb logo dwsMedia Statement issued by the Department of Water & Sanitation Western Cape : 02 April 2020

Water tanks In Transit To Municipalities Across The Length And b\Breadth Of The Western Cape

In an effort to curb the spread of the COVID-19 in the Western Cape, which has recorded the second largest number of infections in the country, the Department of Water and Sanitation (DWS) has commenced with the distribution of 537 water tanks to the district municipalities and Metro across the Western Cape.

Sputnik Ratau, National Spokesperson of DWS says to date 55 water tanks have been distributed to the municipalities of the Western Cape. A total of 40 tanks were delivered in Central Karoo and 15 were delivered in Cape Winelands. Other areas such as Cape Metropole, Cape Winelands, Garden Route, Overberg and West Coast are next on the line to benefit from the roll out.

Ratau further states that the Department of Water and Sanitation as custodian of water resources and sanitation has an obligation to ensure sustainable water supply to communities in particular the heavily-dense informal settlements.

The distribution of water tanks is a short term relief measure to minimise the spread of the infection with special emphasis to those hotspot areas that did not have running water. The distribution of the water tanks will further alleviate the plight of rural communities who walk long distances to fetch water.

Nothembelani Sidubikekana, one of residents of Brickfield Informal settlement in Paarl could not contain her emotions when she saw water tanks being installed in her neighbourhood.

“We, the community of Brickfield, are grateful of the water tanks as the water will go a long way in minimising the spread of the virus”, she said.

Safety measures will be taken in ensuring that good drinking water quality is delivered to consumers. Tankers will be cleaned following basic instructions of World Health Organisations (WHO) before water is filled into the water tanks.

Ratau says DWS pleads to the communities to safeguard the water infrastructure during installation and beyond. Meanwhile DWS encourages communities to wash hands with soap as a way to curb the spread of COVID-19.

Furthermore, all water users are reminded that South Africa remains a water scarce country, therefore, extra care should be exercised when water is being utilised to avoid water wastage that could leave us waster distressed.

“Water is Life, Sanitation is Dignity”

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 Water Tank Installations in Paarl #COVID-19 #Western Cape

Wednesday 01 April 2020
Brickfield Informal Settlement - Paarl

Water tanks were installed in Paarl in the Cape Winelands to mitigate against the COVID-19 pandemic. The initiative was a joint effort between the Department of Human Settlements, Water & Sanitation, water boards as well as other role players in the water sector in order to consolidate the sector's COVID-19 interventions.

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Counselor Drakenstein Area, MEC WC Human Settlements, Overberg Water CEO Mr P Buthelezi
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OWB Briefing at Cederberg Council Chambers #COVID-19 #Western Cape

Acting Provincial Head of Water & Sanitation Western Cape
Ms Ntombizanele Bila-Mupariwa together with Overberg Water CEO Mr P Buthelezi

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The newsletter of the Ministry of Human Settlements, Water & Sanitation will keep you informed about the support given to communities in distress during the COVID-19 lockdown.

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