Saving Water is For Everyone!!!
01 March 2018
Posted by: Tasveera Singh
It has been well publicised that the Western Cape is experiencing its worst drought in over a century, necessitating Cape Town officials to enforce the most stringent of water restrictions – now 50 litres per day per person. While the severity of the drought in the Western Cape cannot be understated, by now all South Africans should be well aware that the country as a whole is suffering a water crisis and all provinces have been told that water restrictions are likely to be implemented.
In KwaZulu-Natal, dam levels are reportedly at worrying levels and it was not that long ago that the greater Durban area saw eThekwini Municipality introduce water shedding in areas where demand outstripped supply - a similar initiative to Eskom's load shedding. Currently, a 15% reduction in water consumption is mandatory and this could change soon if there is not a dramatic change in usage. Already, water restrictors are being fitted to water meters in areas where residents are not complying with the 15% reduction.
The water situation in South Africa demands that every citizen do what they can to conserve water and to avoid reaching the same dire situation that Cape Town is in. There are many simple ways of doing so.
A thought-provoking fact is that one third of drinkable water around the globe disappears down the drain. Below are some practical water saving tips that are easy to implement:
- Don't wash dishes under a running tap. Rather use a second sink or preferably, a plastic bowl, and rinse off in there. Use the rinsing water to water plants. If you only have the one sink, wash the dishes, empty and then refill with fresh water to rinse with.
- Invest in a rain water tank to collect water from the gutters that would otherwise just go down the drain.
- Connect a pipe from the nearest gutter down-pipe into your pool – you can use pool cleaner hoses and a 2 litre cool drink bottle to fashion your own system.
- When not in use, make sure your pool has a cover on it, also to prevent evaporation.
- Don't allow leaky pipes, be it your pool pump, garden hose, sprinkler system etc, or dripping taps. Fix faulty toilet cisterns that continually run, or replace with water efficient models.
- Use a broom instead of a hose to clean outside areas such as patios and driveways.
- Fit aerators to kitchen and bathroom taps and a low-flow restrictor to the shower. These will reduce water usage by more than 50% but will not affect the effectiveness of your shower or the pressure out of the taps.
- Take a “Navy Shower” – wet yourself, turn off the tap. Soap, lather and then turn on the water to rinse off.
- Have a bowl in the bathroom to wash your hands in, then put that water into the toilet cistern. Also, put a brick in the cistern to reduce the amount of water needed to flush. You can also watch as you flush and stop the flushing action as soon as possible.
- When rinsing things like vegetables, place a container underneath to capture water and then use it to hydrate plants.
- Investigate investing in High-efficiency washing appliances. They will not only reduce water usage but also use less electricity.
- Water in fish tanks become nutrient-rich, use for your plants or garden when cleaning the tank.
- If you can't go without washing your car, use a bucket as opposed to a running hose or high pressure hose.
- Go online. There are a multitude of ingenious and innovative ideas for water saving solutions to be found on the internet.
Don't forget to contribute to the Master Builders KwaZulu-Natal Water Campaign that runs until 15 March 2018. Click here to read more.
It was Mahatma Gandhi who famously said, "Earth provides enough to satisfy every man's needs, but not every man's greed."
Make sure you do your bit !!!