Water We to Do?

Stephanie Wild

The current water crisis may be a distant anecdotal story, occasionally heard on the radio, that is lost in the whirlwind of varsity life, but if the taps run dry it will affect every single one of us.

The brief reprieve of last Tuesday’s rain may have been long awaited, but has not saved Cape Town. Mayor Patricia de Lille remains steadfast in her declaration of the city having “disaster” status.

Here are a few water-saving tips to keep the taps flowing:

Shorter showers
As hard as this may be for some of us, it’s time to keep the showers short.

Avoid baths
We all like a good soak in the bath when we fee stressed, but were gonna have to stop the self-indulgence. At least till the situation is under control

Close those taps when brushing your teeth!
Imagine all the water literally going down the drain while you brush your teeth. That’s at least a litre or so. Multiply that by two (that’s if you brush day and night). Who knew saving two litres could be so simple?

Fix those leaks
If there’s a leak, fix it or call the plumber. Let’s be extra careful to make sure we don’t leave any dripping taps. Plus, let’s face it, everyone hates the sound of a dripping tap.

Use buckets
Buckets are great! They’re reusable and you can put them under the shower while trying to find that perfect temperature in the mornings, so all that precious water doesn’t go to waste.

Wash in bulk
Avoid washing a few dishes or clothes at a time, but rather do a full load at once.

Lastly, use a plug! Re-use water!

Cape Town is currently sitting at level 3b water restrictions as a result of excessive water consumption and a lack of rain. As of last month, the city used a daily average of 837 million litres of water. This average exceeds the city’s target by 80 million litres.

These little tips aren’t time consuming at all, and may seem insignificant, but they have the potential to save the Cape. With about 100 days left of usable water, let’s all step up to end this crisis.