Water Scarcity Scares Residents 

By Luphelo Zendile 

For years, water shortages have been causing concern in Nelson Mandela Bay. It has been said that the Kouga Dam’s portion is complete, and what is left, is exclusively for farmers. 

Nelson Mandela Bay is on edge regarding the water crises. As a result, day zero is set to harm the city and some places run out of water. The Department of Water and Sanitation have explained that there were indications about this and the city have been alerting citizens and advising them on how to stay prepared. Since the updating of residence, the department posted on Twitter, “Ahead of Nelson Mandela Bay’s (Gqeberha – Port Elizabeth) day zero where some areas are expected to run out of water, we visited the Eastern Cape city to find out what the people are doing to get themselves prepared. To others, it was business as usual.”  

While some may not have understood the message, the city appears committed to go through with its plans, as seen by the several water tanks that have been erected and are ready to serve the city. While the government appears to be concentrating on these advancements, some community members worry that others may abuse these tools. This has already happened; for example, in KwaNobuhle, the community discovered a dead dog inside one of the erected water tanks. This will mark a significant step in the government’s efforts to support society while also working to prevent such catastrophes. 

The Government must develop initiatives to educate community members on how to save water and make sure that the message is clear and reaches everyone. 

Photo credit: famersweekly.co.za 

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