Expo teaches pupils to be water savvy

Leah Nash, 5, and Othi Totse, 6, were eager to take a picture with Super Drop the mascot.

A water expo was hosted on World Water Day at the V&A Waterfront last Thursday, March 22.

The Department of Water and Sanitation have collaborated with the Save Our Schools (SOS) campaign on a water crisis initiative which was launched on the day.

The aim of the campaign is to ensure schools remain “open, operational and sanitary” during the water crises. The day was filled with entertainment and edutainment for visitors of various ages. The event took place during National Water Week, from Saturday March 17 to Friday March 23

Water-saving product stands could be seen at the Clock Tower precinct.

Products included a mist nozzle for taps . Salesman at the stall, Marc van der Merwe, said: “Usually the normal taps fitted into our households allow one to nine litres per minute out of the tap but with the mist nozzle only 0.8 milliliters to one litre, which is more than enough water to wash your hands or brush your teeth. The mist nozzle is easy to install, you turn the nozzle of the original tap off and turn the mist nozzle on.”

Another stall showed off a waterless toilet, which works just as any other ordinary toilet, however, it takes 28 days for the matter inside to be processed. The matter can then be used as manure.

A cleaning detergent company pulled two people from the crowd and taught them how to wash a T-shirt using only a half a cup of water.

Visitors later gathered at the Amphitheatre to hear more about saving water.

Singer Amanda Black entertained the crowd while Katlego Maboe kept spirits high.

Pancho Campo, an advisory board member of American politician Al Gore’s Climate Reality Project, addressed the crowd and announced that a climate change conference will be hosted in Cape Town during the year.