Do your bit and save water
We have been speaking about this issue a lot lately, because of how serious it has become. Our country is currently facing a water scarcity issue. There’s only so much that municipalities can do to restore water reserves and ensure that there is water stored for the future. That being said, water consumers also have a role to play in that chain: we need to make conserving water an important issue.
Here are tips on how you can begin saving water at home.
What you can do today
The single most important thing you can do today is adhere to the level two water supply restrictions that are currently in place around Gauteng. Level two states that residents, businesses and other water consumers are not allowed to do any of the following:
- Water lawns or gardens between 6AM and 6PM
- Refill swimming pools
- Clean paved surfaces or wash cars with a hosepipe
It’s also important to educate where you can and inform those around us about the repercussions of not following the restrictions. When education fails, it’s acceptable and your duty to report transgressors to the relevant departments. Don’t feel ashamed or embarrassed to do so either, when none of us have water, you will wish that you had. Also, make sure that you report burst pipes and leaks in your community to the municipality.
What you can do in the short-term
Most water conservation methods seem elementary, but think about your own water habits: How do you brush your teeth in the morning and before bed? What seems like only 10 seconds running the tap can have a negative impact.
- Start using a bucket to wash your car.
- Buy a cover for your pool to keep water from evaporating too quickly – that way you will not have to constantly refill it, which you’re currently not allowed to do during daytime.
- Fill a big bowl with water to use to wash hand before dinner.
- Fill a big bowl with water to use to wash fruit through the day.
- Put a big water bottle in the fridge, that way you will not need to run water to get a cool glass of water to drink from the tap.
- Start plugging the sink and closing the tap when washing your hands after using the bathroom.
What you can do in the long-term
The long-term plan is to get your home and business premises as water
- Install low flow shower heads.
- Check for and fix any water leaks in your home
- Check the toilet water tank: If the toilet tank handle is often down your water is running through the tank and wasting away. It’s worth calling in a professional plumber to fix the handle.
- Consider buying a dishwasher if you don’t already own one. Owning a dishwasher will minimise the amount of dishes washed under a running tap throughout the day. A full sink can be unsightly but, with a dishwasher, you can put dishes away until it is full and ready for a cycle. Only wash the dishes when the dishwasher is full.
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