The scarcity of water within the eThekwini Metropolitan Municipality because of the damage to infrastructure during and after the floods earlier in the year continue to hit big institutions hard. At Mangosuthu University of Technology (MUT), the scarcity of water has seen the university offer staff the opportunity to work from home.
The University is now exploring sustainable water supply for its campuses. MUT’s Operations division has decided to drill boreholes to make water available.
Mpho Kau, Interim Senior Director: Operations, said: “Last week, we drilled four boreholes but only found two to have water. We have now begun the process to test the quality of the water before concluding if the water will be good for human consumption.”
Kau said the next step would be to install equipment for the borehole and commence with the construction of storage facilities.
Professor Babatunde Bakare, Acting Dean of the Faculty of Engineering, said the Department of Chemical Engineering would assist in the testing of the water from the boreholes.
The project will give much-needed water relief at the University.