The month of March 2014: water wise

The month of March 2014: water wise

The month of March is dedicated to thinking about how we consume and preserve our precious water resources. As communities expand and the demand for fresh water increases, we as concerned Christians and citizens of our communities should think about how to raise awareness regarding water conservation. As everyone knows, water is a resource that is valuable to the continance of life. We can really only survive a few days without fresh water!

Interesting water facts about Cape Town:

  • Cape Town receives approximately 550mm of rainfall per annum, with the middle months of the calendar year providing the most rainwall.
  • The city’s water supply is received from 5 major dams: Steenbras, Theewaterskloof, Wemmershoek, Berg River and Voelvlei.

Water world day is on the 22 March on the environmental calendar, so here are a few easy ways to save water:

Inside your house:

  • When using your dishwasher or washing machine, full them both up before switching it on.
  • Turn the tap off when washing your dishes or brushing your teeth.
  • Have a dripping tap? Call a plumber. The initial call-out fee may be less than the wasted money for paying water you do not use.
  • We often make up any excuse to not go up into the roof, but check your geyser to make sure there are no leaks.
  • Rather shower than bath. Showers should not exceed 5 minutes.
  • Where possible, use water saving devices.
  • When buying new appliances, consider the water efficiency label. Newer appliances also use this as a marketing tool.

Outside your house:

  • Water your garden early in the morning or late in the afternoon when the sun is not at its peak, preventing water evaporation.
  • Check the soil in your garden, soil erosion prevents water penetration and thus the water goes to waste. Wind also plays a role.
  • Check your garden sprinklers. Often times they are positioned incorrectly over concrete paving or run down gutters.
  • Use a broom to sweep debris from your pavements and driveways, rather than using a hose pipe.
  • Use mulch in your garden to prevent water evaporation.
  • Only fill your swimming pool when needed and cover your pool to slow down water evaporation.
  • Water fountains that trickle water rather than spray into the air lose less water to evaporation.
  • When washing your car, fill up a bucket of water rather than using the hose. It will also give you an understanding of how much water you use!
  • Make sure you know where you water shut off valve is. In the event of a burst pipe, immediately turning off the main water valve. This not only saves water, but can save on water damage and flooding.
  • Don’t throw pet water down the drain, use it on your plants.

To see your efforts of being waterwise translate into tangible benefits, track your water bill and see how much water you save!

Did you know?
A water footprint is the total volume of fresh water that is used to produce a product.