How to stay cool without wasting water
It’s been summer for weeks now, at least that’s how the weather has been behaving. Hot and dry, with the odd, fleeting highveld storm thrown in. The heat drives up the demand for water but it’s still important use water sparingly this summer. Level two water restrictions have not been lifted. Municipalities in Gauteng, and indeed most of the country, haven’t been cleared from the situation escalating to level three restrictions.
Is it possible to use water sparingly this summer and still be able to cool down sufficiently?
It is important to drink water throughout the summer, and especially when experiencing heat waves. It’s not only an affordable way to stay cool and refreshed, but it’s also good for you. The most important thing you can do in the summer is to keep hydrated.
Always keep some drinking water refrigerated. In case of a road trip or day out, freeze a few litres of water to take with on the road. The frozen water will thaw as the day progresses and you will have a refreshing drink handy for hours.
For at home use, just refrigerated water should do. This way people will not run the tap each time they get a glass or two to drink.
Communal is better, this is the best time to visit community swimming pools. You can also go over to friends’ homes to have a pool party or invite them over to your house. Remember that according to stage two of water supply restrictions, residents are not allowed to refill their pools between 6AM and 6PM.
Tip: With a swimming pool the best way to save water is to constantly keep it covered when it’s not being used. That way the water won’t evaporate quickly. Don’t fill it up too high, to avoid wasting water through splashes.
If you don’t have a swimming pool but are thinking of purchasing an inflatable one for the kids: it’s a good idea. Inflatable pools don’t waste water as they are usually much smaller. There are also no chemicals in the water, so be sure to reuse it often in the garden or to do other chores. Put in on the grass and let the kids splash around until they are satisfied.
Tip: There all sizes on the market. Don be tempted by the giant inflatable pools – they require relatively more water that the medium-sized ones. As long as there is enough room for everyone to splash about, it’s fine.
An alternative method for staying cool without wasting water
Freeze a couple of ice packs when anticipating a heatwave. That way each member of the family will be assigned their own ice pack. This could also be great for long trips or days out – just pop it in the cooler box with other cool things to keep it from melting.
How to do it:
- Pour water into individual sandwich bags
- Don’t overfill the bags and ensure they are sealed tightly
- Enjoy your summer
Share your tips for staying cool this summer.