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Uitsig backyarders have better access to running water thanks to City’s innovative campaign <p>​This morning I visited houses in Uitsig where residents living in backyards finally have access to their own taps and running water thanks to an innovative project.</p><p>The City of Cape Town is currently installing taps with running water to 232 backyard dwellings in Uitsig. These taps are connected to a smart box that enables a family living in the backyard to access 200 litres of water per day. </p><p>Previously, backyard dwellers were dependent on the water allocations of residents living in the main house on the property. With the smart box, each tap only releases water when a special key is inserted.</p><p>So far, the City has installed taps and smart boxes at 67 properties in Uitsig during the past month. Contractors are also busy upgrading infrastructure in the community to enable the City to install flushing toilets in each of the 232 backyards.   </p><p> </p><span><div class="image-gallery-slider img-gal-1" id="img-gal-1" data-slides="3" data-slide="1" style="height:493.5px;"><div class="image-gallery-content" style="height:414px;">​​​​ <figure class="itemSlide slide-left slide-1"> <img class="responsive" src="http://resource.capetown.gov.za/cityassets/Media%20Centre/uitsug.jpg" alt="" style="width:948px;" /> <figcaption class="image-slide-text" style="display:none;"> <p> <a title="title" href="#"> <b></b></a> residents living in backyards finally have access to their own taps and running water thanks to an innovative project</p> </figcaption> </figure> <figure class="itemSlide slide-left slide-2"> <img class="responsive" src="http://resource.capetown.gov.za/cityassets/Media%20Centre/uitsug2.jpg" alt="" style="width:2140px;" /> <figcaption class="image-slide-text" style="display:none;"> <p> <b></b> residents living in backyards finally have access to their own taps and running water thanks to an innovative project</p> </figcaption> </figure> <figure class="itemSlide slide-left slide-3"> <img class="responsive" src="http://resource.capetown.gov.za/cityassets/Media%20Centre/uitsug3.jpg" alt="" style="width:948px;" /> <figcaption class="image-slide-text" style="display:none;"> <p> <b></b> residents living in backyards finally have access to their own taps and running water thanks to an innovative project</p> </figcaption> </figure> </div><div class="image-gallery-control"><div class="image-gallery-caption"><p> <a title="title" href="#"> <b>Aerial view of Cape Town</b></a> - Loren ipsum dolor sit amet loren ipsum dolor sit amet Loren ipsum dolor sit amet.</p></div><div class="image-gallery-nav"><div class="nav-info">1 of 3</div><div class="slide-next"> <i class="icon arrow-white-next"></i> </div><div class="slide-prev"> <i class="icon arrow-white-prev"></i>​</div></div></div></div>​​</span><p>The City is expected to spend R5,4 million to provide water and sanitation services to backyarders in Uitsig. During the current financial year, the City allocated R233,4 million for the installation and maintenance of sanitation facilities to residents living in backyards or informal settlements in areas across the city.</p><p>Over the next three financial years until 2021, the City plans to spend more than R850 million on informal settlements upgrades and backyarder services.</p><p>Today I met some of the residents benefiting from the City’s efforts. Johnny Smith, 62, a grandfather from Uitsig, told me about his plans to revive his own vegetable garden. Another resident, Reginald Lucas, 53, says his family’s life is now easier that they have access to cooking water instead of being reliant on the main house for water. </p><p>It is heart-warming to know that the City’s efforts are improving the lives of our most vulnerable residents. This programme speaks to the City’s aim to build a caring city and our goals outlined in the Organisational Development and Transformation Plan to be more customer-centric. The City of Cape Town is providing basic services to people living in backyards while those who qualify wait for formal housing opportunities.</p><p>The City is restoring the dignity of all our residents through achieving excellence in service delivery. </p><p><br><strong>End</strong></p>2018-05-22T22:00:00ZGP0|#1d539e44-7c8c-4646-887d-386dc1d95d70;L0|#01d539e44-7c8c-4646-887d-386dc1d95d70|City news;GTSet|#62efe227-07aa-45e7-944c-ceebacca891d;GP0|#904f8ac3-ad18-4896-a9a8-86feb1d4a1b7;L0|#0904f8ac3-ad18-4896-a9a8-86feb1d4a1b7|StatementsGP0|#72c3bfd4-b20c-4493-a8c2-d5950d629ecd;L0|#072c3bfd4-b20c-4493-a8c2-d5950d629ecd|backyarders;GTSet|#2e3de6c1-9951-4747-8f53-470629a399bb;GP0|#535077a1-d443-44a3-85e8-6ff83a714d14;L0|#0535077a1-d443-44a3-85e8-6ff83a714d14|sanitary facility;GP0|#db3351e1-de1f-44fa-8554-673e2e4016c1;L0|#0db3351e1-de1f-44fa-8554-673e2e4016c1|Uitsig1

 

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