Water Sustainability

Water Sustainability is one of the Environmental Policy directives. Rhodes University is committed to reducing its ecological footprint in terms of its water usage strategies. RU Infrastucture and Operations Division is responsible for implementing water sustainability measures in line with the Policy. This includes:

1. Monitor and minimise the university’s water consumption
2. Review opportunities for reducing the use of mains water, and install alternative water systems on campus wherever feasible.
3. Plant indigenous flora to reduce water usage.
4. Promote water efficiency practices to all the university’s stakeholders.

Makana Water Restrictions

Grahamstown is currently a WATER DISASTER area. Please use water responsibly and sparingly.
- Everyone is urged to only use 60 litres per day
- No hosepipes, No watering gardens (unless water from non-municipal sources),
- Building Contractors must use raw water (collected from Grey Dam or Dog's Dam),
- Borehole users must register with DWS,
- No automatic urinal flushing,
- Car washes to recycle 60% of water


MobiSAM user guide 2017‌ - for reporting leaks and more

Xhosa Water Tips Afrikaans Water Tips‌ | English Water Tips  

Rand Water Waterwise tips! 

Grahamstowns Water Supply - a Brief History 1812-2008 by R L G Mullins‌ 
(published in the Annals of the Eastern Cape Museums, May 2011, 64 pages)

Rainwater harvesting 

How to save water at home 

Amanzi for Food - sharing knowledge on the use and conservation of water for food production.      

Re-use grey water 

Waterless sanitation instead of wasting precious drinking water on flushing.

Remove invasive alien plants to free up groundwater and sustain biodiversity.

Water neutral: Bearing in mind that South Africa faces very real water availability challenges that will affect our future economic development, it is essential that ALL users make a conscious effort to achieve water neutrality. in every sphere of life - balancing our water demand with the available water supply.

Look after the river systems and water resources that you have: Be part of the solution! You can also join local organisations that focus on sustainability.

Water Services Act Section 9: The Dept of Water Affairs' specifications for potable water are clearly outlined on page 4 of the Regulations for Potable Water. 

Water Environment Transformation: WET-Africa's human rights-based approach to water-related issues

Water: a Looming Crisis?

National Geographic Freshwater Initiative: inspiring and empowering us to conserve freshwater and all living things that rely on it.


Last Modified: Thu, 06 Feb 2020 16:07:18 SAST