For the love of WATER
In recent years, water has become a scarce commodity worldwide, but especially in South Africa. Over the last 3 years especially, rainfall and dam levels has decreased to a point where the Western Cape, parts of Eastern Cape, Northern Cape, Free State and North West are currently faced with severe drought.
As a result and in an attempt to curb the use and abuse of our limited resources, extreme water restrictions are in place in many areas. Capetonians are currently limited to 50 litres per person per day; or 6 kL per family of 4 per month. Threats of a looming Day Zero, when taps will be turned off, motivates young and old to stay within their allocated limits.
Social Media is ablaze with water saving in numerous groups and pages where everyone can get the latest updates on the dam levels, water saving tips, new inventions and also buy or sell anything water saving related.
Most South Africans have now become pre-occupied with water, its origin and where it ends up; as we should have been in retrospect, but we weren’t.
Acknowledging the fact that we live in a semi-desert, is a good step towards consciously preserving our limited water in future and never to take any water for granted.
WATER SAVING TIPS
Life is not possible without water. Learn to RESPECT every drop and SAVE where you can. Try these easy tips to help you save.
- Only use municipal water for essential washing, cooking and drinking.
- Cut your showers to two minutes or less. A standard non-water-saving showerhead can use up to 16 litres per minute.
- Baby wipes for all! These are your water-saving best friends. If you’ve been out and feeling a little grimy, a quick once over with a baby wipe or two will leave you feeling fresh. And ladies, baby wipes are also excellent make-up removers.
- At this stage, it’s important to be collecting any water, any way possible. Having a bucket or plastic basin in your shower means any water caught can find another use around the house. A small basin in the sink is also a great way of collecting water for re-use elsewhere.
- The water that comes from your shower or hand basin whilst you are waiting for it to warm up, can be collected and used for filling the kettle, cooking and drinking.
- Stop flushing clean drinking water away! Close the water inlet tap to all toilets cisterns in your home. Also, flush toilets with grey water and only if it is a number two. There is no need to flush away 7-20 litres of water just for a wee. Keep smells at bay between flushes with a spray of white vinegar in the bowl.
- Use a cup instead of running taps in the bathroom or kitchen when brushing teeth, shaving, drinking, etc.
- Defrost food in the fridge or at room temperature, rather than placing it under hot running water.
- No irrigation or watering of gardens with municipal drinking water. Only use grey or well point water for gardens.
- Wash more than one load of washing in the same water and collect the last loads’ water for flushing toilets, washing cars or for the garden.
- Remind your colleagues and staff to curb their water use both in the workplace and at home.
High summer temperatures can be a risk to your health. It is important to make sure you and those you care for are suitably hydrated, especially in times of drought. Dehydration can cause significant health problems in children and the elderly.
You can Count on OK to always stock a large range of still, sparkling and flavoured waters; plus a range of cooler boxes and fresh ice!
So, get down to OK now and stock up on you H2O for summer.