#WaterCrisis ideas and tips from News24 readers


"Growing up we often had challenges with constant supply of water to meet the needs of about 10-15 people in a household. So, here are some practical methods that helped:  

1) use two bowls: one for washing and another for rinsing dishes. Starting off with glasses, proceeding with cutlery and finishing off with pots.

2) Properly drain water used for cleaning dishes using a sieve into a bucket for flushing.

3) Minimise mopping floors to once or twice a week but sweeping/vacuuming when necessary.

4) The main target is the bathroom and toilet in the home. Conscious efforts should be made to re-use water for flushing always.

5) Rationing the quantity of water to perhaps a cup for brushing of teeth/washing of face does the trick.

6) Swap machine wash for hand-wash laundry. As with the dishes,  start off with whites and proceed with colour clothing, and end with colour fast. Repeat same process with rinsing while storing the water at each stage.

7) Unused water could used for cleaning the bathroom but stored for flushing the toilet." - Becky Niba

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16 Feb 13:29 "I recently departed South Africa from Cape Town International Airport, and was interested to see all the departing international tourists queuing up for VAT refunds, no doubt after great vacations (on a discounted rand) and after “consuming” copious amounts of our precious water. Should we not invite these cost conscious jet setters to make a voluntary contribution to alleviating our water woes, by donating a portion of their VAT refunds to water supply projects.    After all it is the residents of the Western Cape who will have to bear the brunt of the drought , and associated water usage restrictions, in the long term." - Mike Robinson
16 Feb 13:26

#SAWaterCrisis: Gauteng warned of water wastage

Cape Town - As Capetonians focus on reducing their water consumption to avoid Day Zero - set for 4 June - other provinces across South Africa are bracing for unpredictable weather conditions in 2018. With three provinces declared drought disasters, rapidly dropping water levels and water wastage in places is a stark reality.

16 Feb 13:25

#WaterCrisis: 9 Cities also inching closer to their own #DayZero

Gabi Zietsman Cape Town - Cape Town isn't the only city with water problems. Water scarcity and resource mismanagement is a worldwide problem and many studies point towards global fresh water demand exceeding supply in the near future.

13 Feb 13:12

#DayZero pushed back to June, as drought declared a national disaster

Cape Town - Day Zero - the day that taps will run dry for residents - for Capetonians has now been extended to June 4 from May 11, 2018. The delay in Day Zero has been attributed to the continued decline in agricultural usage and Capetonians reducing their water usage, said deputy mayor Ian Neilson.

12 Feb 09:51 Please note that the content posted here has been independently written by members of News24's community. The ideas and tips of users published below are therefore their own and do not necessarily represent the views of News24.This article will be updated daily with new content so be sure to check back for more!
12 Feb 09:50

Here’s how to report noncompliance with water restrictions:

Call 0860 103 089 (choose the "water related faults" option)

Send an email to water.restrictions@capetown.gov.za

SMS 31373 (max of 160 characters)

12 Feb 09:48

#WaterCrisis UPDATE: Watertight strategies for Cape events, Pool damage headaches uncovered, WP club rugby postponed

Cape Town - Drought-stricken Cape Town experienced some much needed rainfall on Friday night, 09 February, and Twitter was abuzz with memes, photos and videos depicting the showers across the city. Click here to see what was shared. ALSO SEE: WATCH: Time-lapse of Cape Town's approaching rain is beautiful!

12 Feb 09:44 "All modern geysers have pressure regulators that will allow cold water to escape during heating cycle. Locate your overflow outlet and re-route to container. It is possible to collect up to eight litres per day." - Ike Herring
12 Feb 09:42 "I understand that fresh water from the Congo river can be found @ +40kms out in the Atlantic Ocean. Use Sea Tankers to harvest this source. Satellite can identify purest areas. On board purification plant can process the water whilst en-route. Not certain what the implications of the ITW would be, but could possibly obtain the water free of charge?" - Dave,  Paarl
12 Feb 09:41 "Get the Railways to take rail tanker loads full raw unsanitized river/dam water to the Cape. The Cape Municipalities still have the ability to sanitize the water and its easier and cheaper to obtain raw river water. It can be pumped from various fresh water sources like lagoons, lakes, dams, rivers or vleilands anywhere where a railway line is near, or crosses, a water source throughout the Country. If the railways doesn't have enough tanker wagons, get water lorries from the army and private sector and place them onto flatbed railway wagons. Get the army to assist with the filling of the tankers. They have the equipment and manpower. When offloading the water it can be channeled or pumped directly to the cape reservoir dams or water works for processing from a convenient railway location or siding." - Nic van der Westhuizen
12 Feb 09:39 "In order for us to continue a sustained fight against any water crisis now and in the future, we should all aim to shift to a more plant-based food lifestyle. This is one way of ensuring that our kids will have water to drink in generations to come.The production of all animal products that we consume, from meat to dairy, all require huge resources of water, land and energy. It is significantly larger than what is required for plant food such as fruits, vegetables, legumes etc. If we start to interrogate our food choice, we'll soon understand the impact that these have on the sustainability of our country's resources." - Lonwabo Mgoduso
08 Feb 12:45 "Just an idea: On Discovery vitality rewards – to add a 5 litre of water to the Cape Town crisis   Hope they consider it." - Debbie Skopelitis
08 Feb 11:46
08 Feb 09:37 "Use top loader washing machines, select wash only and remove clothes to a bucket for rinsing and another for fabric softening. In that way one can wash a few batches of clothes starting with the white garments." - Balelang Sibiya
08 Feb 08:39

This whole family of 4 + their 3 pets only use 49 Litres of water for the day! Here's how...

Cape Town - Locals and visitors alike are doing their best to save water and stem the impending Day Zero now set for 11 May. In Tanja Spykerman's household, using less than 50 litres of water per person per day - as required by Cape Town's Level 6b water restrictions - is a breeze!

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