By Livhuwani Khobo and Eugine Makaya
On Tuesday, we visited taps water point locations with the aim of interviewing the individuals who were collecting water at the communal taps. We found that it had been very useful that the team went through the necessary protocols with the chief and his headmen as when we introduced ourselves, people knew that we were visiting the village and were very happy to chat with us. We managed to visit three point locations, 2 at the tap water points where people get their water for household uses and the last one at one of the household at Tshikwalakwala, sub-village of Folovhodwe.
Location 1: We met two old women who responded positively to all the questions that we asked on water availability. They mentioned that during dry season, there is no cropping that is done. This is because there will be less water available on the canals, dams and rivers.
Location 2: We also met a group of young women who were collecting water from the tap for household uses. They told us their concerns about water shortage in the community and how difficult it is to cope without water. They use canal for the irrigation to do their laundry, so as to save water since they don’t have many buckets to store water.
Location 3: We visited a household of an old man, with his wife and children. They told us that they used to fetch water at the river and spring before the construction of the reservoir up the mountain. He also mentioned that they used to boil water collected from the river, filter the water with clean clothes, so as to minimise chances of faecal contamination.
We visited the borehole of Folovhodwe, where people were collecting water for household uses which include drinking and cooking. On a daily basis, the community collects water from the community taps that are planted in different sections of the village. The taps are supplied by water from the reservoir located up the mountain. There was a technical fault on the pumping machine, which was being fixed by the Water Services Operation and Maintenance from the Vhembe District Municipality, and we were able to meet the maintenance team and have a chat with them.