What happens when the taps run dry?
Sometimes things that get said over and over again start to wash over us (pun intended)… like when we hear that the Western Cape is facing the biggest water crisis in decades and we basically need to get our shit together or we are all going to be screwed. If you live in Cape Town, you (hopefully) know this, if you are in the interior, this is super relevant for you too, because water security is going to be an ongoing issue in SA.
So, without going into any of the environmental & political stuff around why/how/what is happening is so intense at the moment, let’s rather just realise that it will take a massive effort from ordinary people to turn this around. So , what can we do? P.S. This really is stuff we should all being doing on some level, water crisis or not. The planet needs us to use less water.
City of Cape Town has stipulated that we each need to use less than 87l of water per person, per day. That may sound like not that much, but it is more than enough to get through a day. You can calculate how much water you are using on this clever Water calculator . My aim is to try to use under under 80 liters a day, this is totally possible. I have even started showering every second day (no, you don’t smell me, promise)!
If it’s brown, flush it down, if it’s yellow, let it mellow!
2 minute showers are not that bad, only hard when you need to wash hair! Switch the water off while lathering and/or shaving. Check out this cool 2 minute shower song list from Sanlam to help you out 🙂
There is no reason to be wasting excess shower water. Collect excess water in a bucket and use it to flush the toilet (pour directly into the cistern, easy!) We use our shower water to wash our fake lawn as well.
Switch your stopcock off, and do half flushes.
Your garden will suffer. Use grey water where you can, but otherwise, only water the water-wise and non-alien vegetation.
Cover your pool! Don’t refill it, I promise you will survive.
Catch rain water where possible.
Check your house for leaks, read your water meter, know what you are spending on water.
And obviously the simple things like switching the tap off while you brush your teeth etc.
If all else fails, Day 0 is coming… I’ll be at the corner holding onto my 5l containers.