#WaterCrisis ideas and tips from News24 readers
Jose da Silva shared a video he made explaining how one can treat underground water, in a non-potable sense, in order to use it in the pool, toilets, washing machine and showering.
"This ensures that minimal amount of municipal water is used and helps us combat the water crisis" says Jose.
The rise of cities since the 1960s has been extraordinary. But these cities are only possible because of sewage management, bulk water, energy and food supply, and waste removal. Since cities are built on the idea of bulk supply only, they remove the responsibility of all to live ecologically.
Switch off the geyser, nothing like a brisk cold shower #news24watertips— Roslynne Witten (@roslynnewitten) February 18, 2018
Cape Town - Day Zero - when the taps run dry in Cape Town - has been moved back yet again, the city announced on Tuesday. "Day Zero, the day we may have to start queuing for water, has now moved to 9 July due to a weekly drop in dam levels of only 0.5% (as compared to a 1.9% drop in 2014)," Deputy Mayor Ian Neilson said in a statement.
"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
Handy tip for Capetonians: Use an antibacterial soap in the shower. The soap will prevent your grey water from starting to smell while it stands in the bathroom until you use it to flush the toilet...@News24 #News24WaterTips— Shamus Mossop (@Cognizans) February 14, 2018
Update to my gutter contraption: I've now iterated the filter a bit to include the mesh on the down pipe side and a stocking on the pool pipe side to better filter out big and small items. #news24watertips #capetownwatercrisis #defeatdayzero #dayzero pic.twitter.com/XcERJme2of— Sarah Brittan (@sbrittan13) February 11, 2018
I came up with this to keep my fish alive during the #CapeTownWaterCrisis. I cut off the bottom of an Energade bottle & it was a perfect fit for the gutter & pool pipes! I've added a filter to remove gutter gunk made from a vegetable bag. #News24WaterTips #DefeatDayZero #DayZero pic.twitter.com/8ccfzbM3Ao— Sarah Brittan (@sbrittan13) February 11, 2018
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.
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.
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.
Here’s how to report noncompliance with water restrictions:
Call 0860 103 089 (choose the "water related faults" option)
Send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org
SMS 31373 (max of 160 characters)
#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!