South Africa is a country that is experiencing one of the worst droughts in its history and one such that should be an example for saving water more than ever before. One of South Africa’s main cities, Cape Town, which is a city rich in many ways that involve some of the most beautiful scenery in the world, is experiencing serious water shortages due to a lack of rain in the last couple of years. It has got so bad that the City of Cape Town has implemented the level 6B water restriction which is quite scary, to say the least.
With its approach towards winter, it has been seeing some rainfall and while this is a good sign, it is a sure thing that Cape Town will need much more than a lot of rainfall to sustain it through the summer that will follow winter.
Saving Water – Tips and Tricks
While you probably know about the no watering your plants rule, nor washing your dirty car, the following tops will aid in saving water and furthermore promote the sustainability of our water resources.
- Shower rather than bath and limit the duration of your shower. Showering for less than 5 minutes a day can save up to 21,000 litres of water annually.
- Turn the taps off while brushing your teeth and shaving.
- Fix all the leaks in your house. This could account for and save up to 40,000 litres of water a year.
- Water the garden, if allowed, only when the sun is down. This will allow the little bit of water you’re allowed to use to optimally be absorbed while the sun is down.
- Don’t wash dishes, nor clothes, unless necessary.
- Recycle plastics in your house as making new plasticware requires a lot of water.
- Water the plants using recycled water.
- Use grey water for flushing toilets.
These tips and tricks, if implemented by each household, will help prevent further loss of water and will promote sustainability to keep Cape Town’s water flowing.