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SA Government to invest in Hippo Water Rollers and other innovative solutions as part of its drought mitigating strategies in 2016-2017

In her 2016/2017 budget speech on 11 May 2016, Deputy Minister Pamela Tshwete of the Department of Water and Sanitation (DWS) announced detailed plans to aid municipalities unable to cope with the current drought or to meet the service delivery requirements of their communities.

The drought mitigating strategies of DWS include new campaigns such as Drop a Block (save water used in toilets), the Hippo Water Roller (transport and store water) and others.

In our continued engagements with municipalities, we have observed that there are still some communities located very far from water sources especially in the rural areas and informal settlements. In these communities many people carry water to their homes often over long distances, pay heavy fees for the transportation and this has proved to be time consuming especially to the girl child. – Deputy Minister Pamela Tshwete.

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