The community of Langrug in the Western Cape will soon be able to access clean water thanks to a recent water activation that includes rain catchment systems and water filters.

The initiative, which was championed by a local celebrity, an international luggage brand, a global humanitarian aid organisation and a local not-for-profit organization, aimed to help undo the wave health problems affecting the community because of inadequate supply of clean water.

Together with its partners Global humanitarian aid organisation Waves for Water set out to change the way water is accessed in the community for years to come by implemented long-term mechanisms that include the construction of three rain catchment systems at the new community centre and each of the two crèches in the settlement.

Clearing impurities

The combination of the rain catchment systems and water filters is expected to not only improve access to water but provide a solution to ensuring that the collected water is safe to drink.

Commenting on his involvement with the project TV presenter and entrepreneur Maps Maponyane noted that it was incredible to be a part of a project like this, “Water is one of the most vital elements of life and it is wonderful to help them provide portable bucket based systems that will enable these people to clear out the impurities from the dirty water,” he said.

“This will enable them to be healthier and improve their quality of life – and it will also save them money as they will not have to buy as much bottled water to drink,” he pointed out.

Langrug water woes

The impoverished community of Langrug is situated 80km from Cape Town and comprises of over 2 500 shacks and is home to over 7 000 people.  A third of the inhabitants have no access to electricity or sanitation and the settlement is characterized by extreme poverty and poor housing.

Water is accessed via a shared tap with even this meagre infrastructure compromised by the recent drought.

The team that worked to bring the water activation to fruition included Maps Maponyane, luggage brand TUMI, Waves for Water and local not-for-profit organization, FLOW.