Water Saving Should Be a Way of Life

Water saving solutions are important, even when we’re experiencing regular rainfall. Drought conditions across the country have been awful to contend with, as Cape Town’s severe drought continues, although Day Zero has been pushed to 2019. That’s no reason to become complacent, however, as our country is a typically water-scarce region. What we can learn from the Cape Town water crisis, however, is that we are all at risk of having to face Day Zero. Let’s consider how the rest of South Africa looks right now:

 

  • Gauteng – although many of this province’s dams are at capacity, level 1 water restrictions are still in place. This is a really good way of operating, because it helps everyone to stop wasting water, and remain mindful of water saving techniques.
  • Eastern Cape – a big focus has been placed on the Western Cape water crisis, but the Eastern Cape is facing a similarly alarming situation. In early March 2018, the average water level of the Nelson Mandela Bay’s dams was at 26%. Notably, the Kouga Dam – is at a dangerously low level.
  • Northern Cape – this province is also battling extreme drought conditions and is one of three provinces that have been declared provincial disaster areas – the others being the Western and Eastern Cape.
  • KwaZulu-Natal – this province’s typical rainy season is over. Some of KZN’s dam are overflowing, while others are at much lower levels than needed to maintain supply across the province. Water restrictions have, just recently, been lifted.
  • Mpumalanga – although this province’s dams average a water level of above 70%, and recent rains have led to an improvement in dam levels, this province cannot get complacent about water saving. Winter is a typically dry season in Mpumalanga and saving water must remain a priority.
  • Free State – dam levels have shown some improvement here, but citizens must continue to save water. Dam levels are, on average, at 60% capacity, which means that saving water now, will help in the future.
  • Limpopo – the Waterberg District Municipality in Limpopo is scarily close to its own Day Zero, and water restrictions are in place.
  • North West –  this province regularly battles with water supply, and although it has experienced some rainfall, conserving water must remain a priority.

What’s the lesson here? Saving water shouldn’t be seasonal. It should be a way of life for every South African. Challenge your family, friends, and colleagues to use water more wisely. The more we invest in water saving today, the more water we’ll have for tomorrow.

Ways to save water at home (that you haven’t thought of yet)

By now, you know all about using grey water to replenish the water in your garden soil, or you’ve installed a handy bucket in your home’s shower to catch wasted water. You’ve probably set a time limit on how long the kids can run their bath, and everyone’s turning off the taps while brushing their teeth. But, as our team has found out, there are some unusual ways you can save even more water too. Check out our list of ways you can save water at home, that you may not have thought of just yet.

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Washing the Dishes
You’ve enjoyed an epic dinner with family and friends, and now the pile of dishes is staring you down like a scary monster you’d prefer to ignore. That monster isn’t just a chore though – it can be an exercise in saving water too. Rather than filling your sink with water and then piling the dishes in one by one, pick the biggest pot or bowl you need to clean and fill that with soapy water. Thereafter, put smaller dishes into the same pot/bowl and use that water to clean the smaller dishes. You’ll end up using less water, and still getting the same number of dishes sparkling clean.

Pick your Glass for the Day
We all do it: head to the kitchen for a glass of water, enjoy a little refreshing drink and then later, we do it again. By the end of the day, you’ve accumulated numerous glasses that all need to be washed which, in turn, uses more water. Rather, pick your glass for the day and keep refilling it. Instead of five glasses to wash, you’ll just have one for the day. Every little bit of water saving adds up!

Lighten the Laundry Load
News just in: you don’t need to always wash an item of clothing, after every single wear. In fact, clothing items like denim jeans, jerseys, and jackets, can be worn multiple times before washing.

Let the Kids Skip Bath Time
If your children are keen to skip the suds for a night or two, it’s okay! Let them cool off in the pool with an afternoon swim, or get them into the tub once every two nights. Alternatively, if you’re a stickler for bath time routine, bath everyone together – it’s double the fun, and half the water.

Put the Bucket Outside
Collecting rainwater doesn’t need to be difficult – a simple bucket placed outside during a downpour could collect a fair amount of (free!) water you can use to water your garden. Next time you hear that soothing sound of rain, reach for your bucket and put it outside.

Go to the Carwash
We know – you love that shiny, sleek style of a freshly washed car, but doing it at home uses more water than you need, and it’s a chore you can tick off your list. Rather, find out which of your local car washes recycles their water, or uses a waterless cleaning method. You’ll be saving water, supporting local businesses and setting aside more free time to catch up on your favourite series. Everybody wins!

If you’re looking for more ways to save water, we’ve got you covered. Check out our handy list of ways to save water at the office, or learn more about our rainwater harvesting systems.