As temperatures start to rise, so does our desire to get stuck back into our gardens and tend to the pool. With growing population rates and such a small percentage of drinkable water on earth, we need to remind ourselves to be more conscious around our water usage in order to preserve and conserve this precious resource for future generations. In an effort to do this, Johannesburg Water has implemented Level 1 Water Restrictions.
What does level 1 water restrictions mean?
South Africa is a drought-stricken country and therefore it is highly important, regardless of rainfall, to be more conscious of how we use our water supply. The targeted water consumption for level 1 water restrictions is 90% (saving 10%) of normal consumption for both residential and business use. The City has warned that water restrictions are currently in place and will be enforced by fines. The City urges residents to report non-compliance to the Metro Police 24/7 Hotline – 011 758 9650.
How can we save water without changing our lives drastically?
1. Shower bucket:
This is such a simple way to collect water that would have otherwise gone to waste. On average each person is able to save and re-use 60 litres of water per shower. Use the excess water collected to water your plants or to flush the toilet.
2. Water the garden in the early morning or evenings:
City water has asked that gardens should only be irrigated between 6 pm and 6 am.
Cooler morning temperatures mean losing less water to evaporation. Another garden tip is to
Put a layer of mulch around trees and plants to prevent quick water loss. Give Dainfern’s garden team – Turfnet, a call. They have great organic products and would be happy to help you reduce water wastage in your garden.
3. Turn off the tap while brushing your teeth, shaving and washing your hands:
Simply turning the tap off until you need to rinse is a highly effective water saving solution. Turn off those taps and save more than 90 glasses of water per day, it’s that easy.
4. Fill your dishwasher and washing machine:
Before running the dishwasher, wait until you have a full load to ensure that the device is at maximum capacity before you switch it on. This will help make the most of the energy, water and detergent the machine uses.
5. Keep an eye on your water bill
If your water bill spikes suddenly, there’s a good chance that a leak is a culprit. Call in a plumber to check your lines to save water and cash!
By reducing the amount of water we use and waste today, we can better help against future drought. Water conservation means using our limited water supply wisely and caring for it properly. Since each of us depends on water to sustain life, it is our responsibility to learn more about water conservation and how we can help keep our sources pure and safe for generations to come.