Department of Water and Sanitation launches “Drop a block” campaign in Mangaung

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One of the volunteers showing members of the public how the green block is supposed to sit in the toilet cisterns. Image: Department of Water and Sanitation

The Drop-the-Block Campaign officially kicked off at Lesley Monanyana building in Bloemfontein on Tuesday, 7 February 2017.

The Campaign is an initiative started by Department of Water and Sanitation in an effort to reduce water used to flush toilets, in turn saving water. A green plastic block is placed in a cistern of households with

The Campaign is an initiative started by Department of Water and Sanitation in an effort to reduce water used to flush toilets, in turn saving water. A green plastic block is placed in a cistern of households with water borne toilet. These blocks carry some weight that reduces the amount of water needed for flushing by two liters.

These blocks carry some weight that reduces the amount of water needed for flushing by two liters.

Volunteers attended a two-hour training on which cisterns are suitable for the block and also as to the proper way of inserting the block in the cistern without damaging any component of the cistern.

The volunteers were also provided with audit forms to track households with leaking toilets. The volunteers were also provided with audit forms to track households with leaking toilets.

The campaign will be rolled in Pahameng, Bochabela in Bloemfontein, Section G2 and Section E in Botshabelo and Selosesha in ThabaNchu from 7 to 9 February 2017.

All volunteers have name tags and reflector jackets for identification purposes and will be distributing green blocks to residents during official working hours.

Mangaung residences are advised not to allow suspicious people without proper identity tags into their households.

Statement issued by the Department of Water & Sanitation