Are you actively trying to save water? When you turn on the shower, fill your bath tub or fill your glass, you probably take for granted the clean water that comes out.
Poor rainfall, extremely low dam levels, as well as a hot and dry summer season is approaching and that means that we all collectively need to start being more cautious of our precious commodity – Water.
Water is a precious resource and since the Western Cape is in the midst of a serious drought we all have to learn how to use it carefully. Every action each of us takes to save water will make a difference!
What do we already know?
We know that no swimming pools may be topped up or filled with municipal drinking water. Covers should be used to limited evaporation. Most hotels have removed the plugs from their baths and are encouraging guests to rather hang-up their wet towels rather than have them laundered each day. That watering of gardens & washing of cars is now strictly prohibited unless done with recycled or grey water. The use of special waterless antiseptic gels or sanitizing wipes, are being used instead of washing your hands with running water from the tap.
Cape Town, sadly continues to be considered a disaster area, with strict water restrictions remaining and likely to do so for years to come as the region recovers from the devastating drought. The City of Cape Town will be embarking on water rationing due to the critical nature of available water supply. This means that the water supply will be disrupted during peak usage times in the mornings (between 05h00 and 09h00) and evenings (between 17h00 and 21h00).
If we all do our little bit to help conserve and save, it will most certainly go a long way. Every drop counts. I implore everyone to become aware and to lead by example. It is our duty to ensure that everyone is fully aware of the situation and indeed are all actively taking the necessary steps to reduce water usage and save our water, save our planet.
- Reconsider your water usage during peak times. Consider showering outside the peak times
- Showers generally use less water than baths, therefore it is advisable to shower rather than fill up a bath.
- Limit your shower time to 2 minutes or less.
- Limit your showers period! It is honestly not necessary in my opinion to shower twice a day now – especially if you’re not being particularly active. How dirty can you really get just sitting at your office desk all day, really? I’m not saying don’t wash/clean yourself, you can keep up your health hygiene and focus on the main areas…. Where do you think the saying “Portuguese Shower” comes from after all?
- Rinse, Stop, Lather, Rinse.Wet yourself, turn off the shower, soap yourself up from head to toe, and then turn on the shower just long enough for a speedy rinse off.
- Use a bucket in the shower to collect excess water, cold water before it get’s warm… do I really need to explain more? Then, use this bucket of water to fill and flush your toilet, or, like me, water my flowers.
- Turn off the taps whilst brushing teeth or shaving.
- Ensure all taps are infact closed when not in use to prevent damage/flooding when the supply is restored.
- Keep between 5 and 10 litres of water available for drinking use, for every four people in the house.
- Flush only when necessary. You will be amazed at how much water a single flush actually uses.
- Don’t use the toilet as a Dustbin – use the bin people!
- If it can avoided, do not launder clothing in hotels as many hotels wash guests clothes separately, even it’s only one or two items.
By adopting these practices we can and will lead to a dramatic reduction in consumption. There is so much more that can be done and EVERYONE needs to do their part!