Less flushing in Cape Town could cause more disease-transmission, warns expert
Cape Town's drought crisis has left residents with no choice but to urgently adopt water-saving measures.
City officials have urged locals to limit showers to less that two minutes and only flush the toilet “when absolutely necessary”.
However, epidemiologist and community health expert Dr Jo Barnes says less flushing poses a risk for the City's sewage system.
She's also concerned that it could result in increased disease-transmission.
Dr Barnes explains that minimal household flushing can cause sedimentation, which will soon result in blocked pipes.
There is a risk.Dr Jo Barnes, epidemiologist and senior lecturer in Community Health at the Stellenbosch University Faculty of Health Sciences
When you flush the toilet very infrequently, the ratio of solids to water is different.Dr Jo Barnes, epidemiologist and senior lecturer in Community Health at the Stellenbosch University Faculty of Health Sciences
Fairly soon, some of the pipes will clog up and, in turn, cause sewage spillage.Dr Jo Barnes, epidemiologist and senior lecturer in Community Health at the Stellenbosch University Faculty of Health Sciences
Dr Barnes adds that exposed human waste in the summer heat will attract flies and may leave locals more susceptible to diseases.
She advises that families use disinfectant solutions in their toilets, bathrooms and on household surfaces as frequently as possible.
Take a listen to her in-depth explanation:
This article first appeared on CapeTalk : Less flushing in Cape Town could cause more disease-transmission, warns expert
Mayco Member for Water and Waste Services at City Of Cape TownXanthea Limberg explains.Read More
Mayco member for water and waste, Xanthea Limberg talks to Kieno Kammies about Cape Town's latest dam levels.Read More
The City has further relaxed level 3 water restrictions allowing the use of a hosepipe fitted with a self-closing system.Read More
Piotr Wolski of the Climate Systems Analysis Group at UCT talks to Kieno Kammies about this year's winter rainfall pattern.Read More
Director at the Nature Conservancy South Africa Louise Stafford says the loss is equivalent to two months water supply.Read More
Cape Town is dropping water restrictions from Level 5 to Level 3 as of Saturday, 1 December. Here's how it'll affect residents.Read More
This means that Capetonians can use 105 litres a day, up from the previous 70 litres a day come 1 December.Read More
Three UCT Biological Sciences students have published their first paper explaining how water from the Cape Town river could help.Read More
Dr Peter Johnston says although we have received good rain this year, it is still not enough.Read More
The City has responded to concerns whether the water management sevices will be adjusted to take into account new restrictions.Read More