The lab is a cost-effective way of monitoring water treatment plants, community water supplies, schools, clinics, and hospitals for potential water, sanitation and health problems. Regular monitoring helps to ensure that fewer children miss school due to diarrhoea, fewer employees take sick leave, and fewer people arrive at hospitals and clinics with preventable problems.
The team at the Water and Health Research Centre has also established BlUJoy, which uses social media to share, educate and inspire the public to use water responsibly and to respect it. In early 2020, as the world came to grip with Covid-19, BlUJoy’s YouTube channel shared important information on making water dispensers for handwashing, which is critical in helping to stem the spread of the virus.
Between the mobile lab and BlUJoy, UJ’s Water and Health Research Centre is helping to ensure that clean and safe water is a priority and a reality for everyone.