With just two weeks left until the water supply in Ceres runs dry, the Shukrul Mubeen mosque initiated a collection drive and recently distributed water within the area. Deputy Mayor of the Witzenberg Municipality, Karriem Adams, says the dam’s level is at 18%, the lowest ever recorded.
Adams declared that the Ceres area is currently in a dire state.
Adams further noted the assistance of the Shukrul Mubeen mosque, the Gift of the Givers and VOC, who provided 700 five litre bottles of water.
“It was as if something fell out of heaven, when the masjid mentioned that it would like to distribute water in the Ceres district,” Adams expressed.
In an attempt to alleviate the pressure on the community of Ceres, the Ceres municipality is partnering with the neighbouring towns of; Worcester, Paarl, Cape Town, and the surrounding areas.
Adams expressed admiration and gratitude for the assistance that individuals have shown to their fellow community members, during what can only be described as a national emergency.
“We also went to big farmers in the Ceres district, who called us and said that they have water in their dams, [and asked if we] would you like to make use of the water?” Adams gratefully expressed.
In an attempt to preserve the current water supply, the Ceres Municipality has enforced strict water restrictions. Community members are therefore discouraged from watering their gardens and from washing their vehicles by hose pipe.
“Everybody is trying their utmost best to play their part,” Adams stated.
Adams emphasized the fact the water shortage is not restricted to the Ceres area, but rather greatly impacting South Africa as a whole.
If you are able to contribute or assist, please contact the Ceres Deputy Mayor, Kareem Adams: 083 292 0566 Alternatively, contact the Ceres Municipality: (023) 316 1854
VOC (Thakira Desai)
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