How Seminary Tackles Cape Town’s Water Crisis!
By Charles Dlamini – Seminarians from provinces around South Africa at St Francis Orientation Seminary are getting used to life in drought-stricken Cape Town.
Staff and students are rationed to three showers a week, two after afternoon manual labour and one on Sunday morning. Each day they use grey water from the washing up to keep the garden alive.
Clothes and bedding are washed only every two weeks, and seminarians and staff use groundwater to flush toilets. This has to be pumped up to the bathrooms from the wellpoints and then poured manually into the cisterns.
The water-saving strategy was planned by staff and seminarians are putting it into practice with efficiency.
The seminary has got close to the daily per capita municipal water consumption of 50 litres requested by the city and provincial authorities.