|If you are living in the Western Cape, you will know that the drought here is severe. In the spirit of a healthier environment, we all need to take water conservation more seriously and save even more water than we were saving before. The dam levels are at an all-time low and, while we are all waiting and wishing for rain, we must remember that even when it does start raining, it will take a long time for our dams to recover fully. We must continue to save water always, even when seeing the rain leads us to think that water is bountiful.
It doesn’t hurt to self-evaluate and see room for improvement. This is why we are pushing hard on water conservation. Every single drop that is being wasted or saved is making a difference to our dam levels, so let’s be as creative as possible to save water.
Level 4 restrictions will most probably be implemented on the 1st of June, and this is what they are:
ONLY 100 LITRES OF WATER WILL BE ALLOCATED PER PERSON PER DAY
This amounts to 4 large buckets that you will use for washing yourself, your clothes, drinking, cooking, washing your dishes and flushing your toilet. Say goodbye to bathing – it’s irresponsible to do that now. It is unwise to drink water from the tap now as it can cause you to get sick. People are turning to bottled water or boiling water for consumption.
ALL NON-ESSENTIAL USES OF MUNICIPAL WATER WILL BE BANNED
This means that you cannot use water to fill your swimming pool, wash your car, boat or other vehicles. You cannot water you garden and no new golf courses or sports fields may be built unless they are watered with non-potable water.
WE NEED TO LIMIT OURSELVES TO TWO-MINUTE SHOWERS
Showers use about 16 litres a minute. It’s time to speed up and streamline your washing routine. Not only will you save water, but also precious time for other therapeutic rituals. A great way to save water, is to shower the Navy way. Turn on the water, get wet, and turn the water off. Scrub down and then turn on the water to rinse.
OVERUSE OF MUNICIPAL WATER MAY RESULT IN FINES
The proposed fines for overuse must be approved by the council and Chief Magistrate, and they range between R1000 and R5000 for a spot fine.
SOME WATER SAVING TIPS
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