DID YOU KNOW… whilst up to 70 percent of the world is covered by water, less than 1 percent is fresh water accessible to humans? *
Whilst we have come a long way since ‘Day Zero’ in Cape Town, water levels are still a concern throughout the country. Speaking at a media briefing held in Johannesburg to address the water challenges across the country, minister for human settlements, water and sanitation Lindiwe Sisulu urged ‘consumers to be prudent in the way they use water.’ ‘Climate change is a reality,’ she continued, ‘and South Africa is one of the countries feeling the effects of the phenomenon.’ Yet despite the low dam levels, Sisulu assured citizens that there will be no need for ‘water shedding’ if consumers use water wisely.
So how can we ensure that water is conserved? Below are a few simple tips to keep in mind. And the great thing is, many of these tips will help to cut your bills too.
Turn off taps – you can save up to 6 litres of water a minute by turning off your tap while you brush your teeth. And make sure to fix those leaky taps too to prevent unnecessary waste.
Check your plumbing – regularly check your kitchen and bathroom pipes for leaks. If you are looking for a plumber, or have a good one to recommend, don’t forget to check out the Recommendations tab in OurHood. Or if you see leaks or running water around your neighbourhood, make sure to post on OurHood to alert your neighbours and to get in contact with your council official to ensure swift action to correct it is taken.
Swap your bath for a quick shower – five minute shower can save you up to 400 litres a week. If you prefer to bath, do not fill the tub the whole way, and save the water for gardening.
Catch rainwater – and use this to water your plants and garden, or use your bath water.
Water your garden when it is cool – choose the morning or evening to stop it immediately evaporate in the sunlight.
Boil what you need – save water, money and energy by boiling only as much water as you need.
Wash a full machine load of clothes – this will use less water and energy than two half loads.
Cut down on meat and dairy – by reducing your consumption of these water-intensive industries, you will help to conserve water and protect the climate.
Reduce food waste – producing food uses a lot of water. So think twice before you throw something away. Why not check with your neighbours to see if they would like it? To do this on your OurHood app, click on the Post icon to search for what type of post you would like to make, select classified and then fill in the details.
Let us know what you are doing to conserve water by tagging @OurHood in your posts! Together, we can help to reduce our water consumption and save water.
The OurHood Team 🙂
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