Are you actively trying to save water? When you turn on the shower, fill your bath tub or fill your glass, you probably take for granted the clean water that comes out.
Poor rainfall, extremely low dam levels, as well as a hot and dry summer season is approaching and that means that we all collectively need to start being more cautious of our precious commodity – Water.
Water is a precious resource and since the Western Cape is in the midst of a serious drought we all have to learn how to use it carefully. Every action each of us takes to save water will make a difference!
What do we already know?
We know that no swimming pools may be topped up or filled with municipal drinking water. Covers should be used to limited evaporation. Most hotels have removed the plugs from their baths and are encouraging guests to rather hang-up their wet towels rather than have them laundered each day. That watering of gardens & washing of cars is now strictly prohibited unless done with recycled or grey water. The use of special water-less antiseptic gels or sanitizing wipes, are being used instead of washing your hands with running water from the tap.
While tourism to the region is to be encouraged, because what’s not to love about Cape Town, sadly the area continues to be considered a disaster area, with strict water restrictions remaining and likely to do so for years to come as the region recovers from the devastating drought. The City of Cape Town will be embarking on water rationing due to the critical nature of available water supply. This means that the water supply will be disrupted during peak usage times in the mornings (between 05h00 and 09h00) and evenings (between 17h00 and 21h00).
If we all do our little bit to help conserve and save, it will most certainly go a long way. Every drop counts. We at Perfect Africa are encouraging everyone to become aware and to lead by example. It is our duty to ensure that our customers and those around us are fully aware of the situation and indeed actively take the necessary steps to reduce water usage and save our water. We have compiled a list of savvy steps that you can take to help reduce water usage and save water responsibly while in the region.
- Reconsider your water usage during peak times. Consider showering outside the peak times
- Showers generally use less water than baths, therefore it is advisable to shower rather than fill up a bath.
- Limit your shower time to 2 minutes or less.
- Rinse, Stop, Lather, Rinse. Wet yourself, turn off the shower, soap yourself up from head to toe, and then turn on the shower just long enough for a speedy rinse off.
- Turn off the taps whilst brushing teeth or shaving.
- Ensure all taps are infact closed when not in use to prevent damage/flooding when the supply is restored.
- Keep between 5 and 10 litres of water available for drinking use, for every four people.
- Flush only when necessary. You will be amazed at how much water a single flush actually uses.
- If it can avoided, do not launder clothing in hotels as many hotels wash guests clothes separately, even it’s only one or two items.
By adopting these practices, tourists to the Western Cape as well as the locals can dramatically reduce consumption, without being inconvenienced themselves. There is so much more that can be done and we would be more than happy to share more tips with you so you too can become a Water Warrior!