Water is an essential life giving resource needed for crops and plants to grow, for people and animals to drink and to quench their thirst and for the cycle of life to continue. Without it every living organism will literally dry up and die. Certain parts of South Africa have been undergoing extreme weather changes with some provinces experiencing heavy rainfall that has caused flood damage while other provinces along the southern coast are undergoing drought conditions. In the Eastern Cape dam water levels have reached such critical levels that government is looking to add extra pressure onto the already implemented water restrictions by limiting households to just 500litres of water per day. It is dire that water is used sparingly or within 10 months if insufficient rain falls in the catchment areas the province will run out of water. We all need to be conscientious about this and show concern by cutting down on our water use and praying that much needed rains falls soon. Here are some useful ways to save water:
- Reuse bath or cooking water on plants or for cleaning purposes such as a pavement
- Don't let water run while shaving or washing your face. Brush your teeth first and use a cup to hold
- Use automatic dishwashers and clothing washing machines only when they are fully loaded or properly set the water level for the size of load you are using
- A dripping tap could waste as much as 90 litres a week
- Every time you boil something such as an egg, save the cooled water for watering your houseplants. They'll benefit from the nutrients released from the shell.
- Take shorter showers. Just taking a five minute shower very day, instead of a bath, will use a third of the water, saving up to 400 litres a week.
Kettles should be filled with enough water for your needs but not to the brim. This will reduce your fuel bills too
- No further watering is usually required for established trees and shrubs.
Once a week is all the watering your lawn needs even in the hottest weather. Over watering can weaken your lawn by encouraging roots to seek the surface.
- Water your garden at the coolest part of the day to reduce evaporation.