On the 28 of March, The staff officials from Department of water and sanitation has embarked on water saving awareness campaign in Diepsloot
”The main aim of these awareness campaigns is to educate communities about the importance of saving water and the seriousness of water scarcity,”said Pamela Mamabolo
The officials also went to car wash business to educate them about the impotance of saving water and adviced them not to use a hose pipe to wash cars. They donated two 20l buckets to each car wash business to ensure that they save water.
Pamela Mamabolo said that ”we all need to come together to take measures that conserve our water levels”.
South Africans from all walks of life are encouraged to form part of water saving mechanisms to ensure that we have enough water to sustain our lives and enhance economic growth in the country.
Water savings tips
In and around the house/business
- Turn the tap off between washing your face, brushing your teeth or shaving.
- Taking a five-minute shower a day, instead of a bath, will use a third of the water used bathing in a bath tub, saving up to 400 litres a week.
- Showering can use up to 20 litres of water per minute.
- If you prefer to bath, don’t fill up the bath tub.
- Taking a bath can use between 80 and 150 litres of water per bath.
- Use low-flow showerheads, dual-flush toilet mechanisms and water-efficient washing machines.
- Kettles should not be filled to the brim but with just enough water for your needs. This will reduce your electricity bill too.
- Don’t over-fill containers like cooking pots, as this may result in using more energy to heat the water.
- Reducing the toilet flush volume alone can save 20% of total water consumption. This can be done by putting a 2-litre cold drink bottle, filled with water and a little sand to add weight, into the cistern.
- Fix a leaking toilet otherwise, it can waste up to 100 000 litres of water in one year.
- Avoid flushing the toilet unnecessarily. Dispose of tissues, insects and other waste in the trash rather than the toilet. Every time you flush the toilet, 12 litres of water is used.
- Use “grey water” – used water from baths, washing machines and other safe sources – to flush your toilet.
- Use a bucket rather than a hose to wash your car. If you have to use a hose, use a sprayer that can be turned off in-between spraying the car. Using a garden hose could use as much as 30 litres of water per minute.
- People living in rural areas should be careful not to use the river or river bank as a toilet.