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20 February 2018

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The Democratic Alliance in the Western Cape welcomes the various water saving initiatives that have been undertaken by the Mass participation; Opportunity and access; Development and growth (MOD) centres, museums and libraries, under the Provincial Department of Cultural Affairs and Sport.

I commend the Minister Marais and her Department for ensuring that these initiatives are being implemented. I, do however call upon the Minister to continue these efforts in reducing water consumption and also to engage with privately owned sport facilities to reduce their water usage. Moreover, I call upon residents to continue using less than 50 litres a day to ensure that we #DefeatDayZero.

In a response to my parliamentary question, Minister Anroux Marais highlighted that MOD centres have created awareness campaigns for learners and introduced water reduction measures. Metro and non-metro libraries have introduced hand sanitisers in bathrooms, switched off urinals, introduced the use of grey water to flush toilets, kept public bathrooms locked to prevent children playing with water, removed the handle off outside taps, fixed leaking pipes and switched off geysers.

Museums have provided bottled drinking water to staff, collected rain water for irrigation and cleaning, reused water from dehumidifiers, planted water wise plants and introduced boreholes for ablution.

The DA in the Western Cape remains committed to water saving initiatives, in order to #DefeatDayZero.

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