A South African-based smart metering systems manufacturer, Lesira Teq, is donating two JoJo tank level monitor devices to Polokwane City to monitor the water crisis in the city, in honour of the Mandela Day initiative.

The monitoring device will alert the authorities of the water level in the tanks daily, by sending a notification whenever the tank requires to be refilled, when it is empty, and when it is full.

In recent weeks, Polokwane faced a water crisis after a contractor accidentally damaged a 350mm water pipe, hence this monitor device will come in handy to Polokwane City.

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Mandela Day has been recorded as a global call to action that celebrates the idea that each individual has the power to transform the world and have the ability to make an impact. It is a day where people are encouraged to collaborate and do good works in society.

“In light of the current COVID-19 pandemic, we deemed it appropriate to donate such a device to assist in solving the lack of water in communities. Collaborating with Polokwane City in this initiative is imperative and strategic because it is aligned to the mission and values of the City,” says Edwin Sibiya, Lesira Teq Group CEO.

“Just as we work collectively to tackle new virus strains, we must adopt the same ethos in fostering a healthy water sector. Water is life, after all,” Sibiya added.

Water crisis amid rainy season

Although the current winter season has been fairly wet, with flooding incidents in some parts of the country, other provinces have faced persistent drought over the last five years.

According to a statement issued by Lesira Teq, lack of water has become the norm for many residents in the Limpopo Province.

Amid the global pandemic, COVID-19 provision of safe water, sanitation and hygienic conditions are essential to protecting human health against infectious disease outbreaks.

Washing hands with soap and water is the single most efficient measure against COVID-19.

The pandemic is making it evident that investments in the provision of basic water, sanitation and hygiene services must be a key priority in the coming years.

“Technology is a critical aspect of improving the availability and accessibility of clean water around the world,” the company noted.