cape town asked to save water

Submitted by sproutingforth on Fri, 2006-12-22 11:40

pic:jhb.orgpic:jhb.orgThose living in cape town have been asked by the city to save water as temperatures soar. The city has passed two new bylaws to act on long-term effects of global warming, and in terms of these:

• those living in cape town may not water their gardens between 10am and 4pm,
• hosepipes must be fitted with automatic self-closing devices
• potable water can’t be used to damp building sand (to keep it from blowing away)
• the flow rate from taps in hand basins shouldn’t exceed 6 litres per minute

The city also looks set to clamp down on the big water users – any one using more than 3650 kilolitres a year has to undergo an annual water audit and commercial carwash businesses have to recycle a minimum of 50% of their water. We should all be recycling 50% of our water consumption, or at least be making a huge effort to save water.

Apparently those who don’t abide by the new bylaws will be fined – me thinks that they’re hoping city dwellers will comply largely out of the goodness of their hearts as there certainly isn’t the manpower to ensure compliance(!). [IOL]

In a previous story, issued in June this year, the economy looked set to suffer should the government ‘fail to decrease demand and increase supply of this essential commodity’.

What is evident is the lack of concerted effort by the government to educate the general public about conserving water, the importance of such a campaign and the means to carry out any type of enforcement! WWF has predicted that demand will exceed supply by as early as 2025 – yes, that does affect you. [IOL]

Did you know:

• ¾ of all water used is in the bathroom
• in an average home, the toilet accounts for 28% of water consumption
• lawn and garden watering account for most of the water used
• as much as 570 litres of water can be saved when washing a car by turning the hose off between rinses
• washing the pavement or driveway with a hose uses about 190 litres every 5 minutes

Here are a couple of ways YOU can save water in your home:

check for hidden water leaks – read the water metre before and after a two-hour period when no water is being used – this will help you work out if water is leaking somewhere – dripping taps can waste up to 4 litres a day
replace worn tap washers
put plastic bottles in your toilet tank - add sand or pebbles to the bottom of a half-litre bottle, fill with water and add to your cistern. This can save from 40 litres a day.
insulate your water pipes - get a water-heater blanket
install water-saving shower heads and low-flow tap aerators – these deliver only about 10 litres of water a minute [contact RST in the cape for water saving systems]
shower instead of bathing; switch the shower off while you lather up & take shorter showers
don’t let water run in the basin. Switch off while you brush your teeth or shave – this can save up to 5 litres of water per minute
run a sink of soapy water to wash up, and try not to rinse under running water
consider buying a high-efficiency washing machine that will use as much as 30% less water
only use the dish washer (if you must use one at all – they’re not good for the environment) when it is full
wash vegetables in a partially filled sink, instead of running water
re-use water you’ve used to cook vegetables or clean vegetables for watering your plants

For more on johannesburg water, how quickly your free 6 000 litres of water goes and how you can save water [jhb.org]

For more on living a green life, including saving water in the home [greater good sa]

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