|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.
The level 3 restrictions allowed garden watering using a watering can for an hour on Tuesday and Saturday. However, if level 4 restrictions are passed, you will no longer be allowed this privilege. A city statement said to “use water only for drinking, cooking and essential washing”.
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
- Collect grey water using a bucket from your washing machine, washing dishes, mopping the floor and showering in order to flush the toilet. Flush for faeces only or after a few urinations.
- Divert your grey water into the garden and use biodegradable cleaning products. You can find an easy and effective way to do this in the May 2017 newsletter.
- Turn off the tap when you brush your teeth and rinse your mouth and toothbrush in a small glass of water
- Fix dripping taps
- Turn off the water while lathering your hands
- Always put full loads in the washing machine or dishwasher. It’s OK to wear clothes again. Wash what you really need to wash.
- Collect rainwater: Collecting rainwater off your roof via the gutters can supply you with a large amount of water
- Stop eating meat or reduce your intake
- Showering for 2 minutes – We thought it would a great idea to give you a list of 2 minute songs to play while showering. When the song ends, your time is up. We suggest you make your own mixed CD to play while showering. Old songs tend to be shorter than more modern songs. By searching your music on your PC, select view by content and then sort them by length. It’s an easy way to find all the songs that are 2 minutes and shorter. You can listen to a new song each time you shower.
- Blur – Song 2
- Eddie Cochran – Summertime Blues
- Elvis Presley – All Shook Up
- Randy Newman – You’ve got a friend in me (Toy Story version)
- David Bowie – Breaking Glass
- Shirley Bassey – Big Spender
- The Box Tops – The Letter
- Tom Jones – It’s Not Unusual
- The Beatles – From me to You
- The Beach Boys – Surfin Safari
- Joey Dee & The Starliters – Peppermint Twist
- Frank Sinatra – Don’t Take Your Love From Me/ When You’re Smiling/ It All Depends On You/ My Blue Heaven/Almost Like Being In Love
- The Black Keys – Yearnin
- Tom Petty – Full Moon Fever
- Bo Diddley – Crackin Up
- Bill Withers – Aint No Sunshine When She’s Gone
- Karen Zoid – Katherine Anne
- Rodriguez – Forget It/HalfwayUp The Stairs
- The Lumineers – Flowers In Your Hair
- Buddy Holly – Dearest
- Mumford & Sons – Babel
- Bob Marley – No Water/Cheer Up/Soul Captive
- Green Day – Brat
- 30 Seconds To Mars – 100 Suns
- Clutch – One Eye Dollar/Animal Farm