#WaterCrisis ideas and tips from News24 readers

05 Mar 08:23

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.

05 Mar 08:19 "How about a law that forces developers to include a water tank as standard with every new house built?" - Yvonne
28 Feb 09:26 "Instead of using normal towels, use the kids character towels, e.g. Disney etc. They are smaller and lighter and so take less space in washing machine. They also dry faster on towel rack and so smell fresher for longer. But they are great at sucking up water once broken in. Second one: if you live in a double-story, use a hose and gravity to empty the bath instead of carrying buckets. You just fasten hose on bottom of bath with a bath mat that has suckers, drop hose out of window and suck briefly on other end. The gravity and vacuum will pull water down until bath empty." - Wolfe Braude, Durban
28 Feb 09:25 "Use less water to flush. A lesson from the Philippines. When visiting the Philippines we had to put all toilet paper in a bin next to the toilet.  They save a lot of water by not having to flush paper all the way to sewerage plant." - Leon Steyl
28 Feb 09:22
28 Feb 09:20

Finding opportunity in the water crisis

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.

21 Feb 09:01
21 Feb 08:59

#DayZero: Cape Town buys one more month

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.

19 Feb 08:29

"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!

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