Low-cost technologies aimed at improving the quality of water and service delivery in the country’s municipalities will be on display at the 12th National Municipal Managers Forum taking place in Mpumalanga this week.
The Forum, which is taking place from 20-21 February 2018, is co-hosted by the South African Local Government Association and the City of Mbombela Local Municipality to showcase proven innovations and technologies that have potential to improve municipal performance and governance.
One of the exhibitors expected showcase their solutions is the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR), which has developed a range of technologies to enhance the performance of the municipalities and also to improve the quality of life in rural and peri-urban areas.
One of these technologies, AmaDrum, is a household based water treatment and safe storage system for households that do not have access to treated water. It is used to check the quality of water from the unprotected sources thus reducing risk of disease such gastroenteristis, diarrhoea, and cholera among others.
According to the CSIR this technology is being piloted in Nkomazi local municipality, Mpumalanga and has been rolled out as part of a water services delivery project.
Another technology to be exhibited is the Corrective Action Request and Report System (CARRS), a web-based incident management system to assist communities in reporting water service delivery.
Technology on show
The CARRS project was currently being piloted in eight district municipalities around the country – Amathole; Capricorn and Vhembe in Limpopo; Ehlanzeni in Mpumalanga; iLembe in KwaZulu-Natal; and Dr Ruth Segomotsi Mompati, Ngaka Modiri Molema, and Bojanala Platinum in the North West.
The CSIR will also exhibit the SafeWaterAfrica project, manifested in a low-cost, chemical free, sustainable, and energy efficient water purification system.