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OUT OF ADVERSITY COMES OPPORTUNITY

By: Brenda Franklin

The water crisis in the Western Cape made adversity seem imminent as 2018 came around. There was talk of Day Zero when no water would be available from the taps …

But, as the saying goes, “out of adversity comes opportunity” and Capetonians saw opportunities to drastically cut water usage in countless creative ways:

  • Discovering that a two-minute shower is quite adequate and entirely possible. The water on to get wet, water off to soap up and water on to rinse off routine is really no hardship. And it makes it possible to use very little water as a result. Some manage as little as 10 litres!
  • Shower water is collected in a handy shower tray and used to flush the toilet or water the garden
  • Rain water harvesting gained momentum and we installed three large tanks. We use this lovely, soft rain water to wash all the linen, towels and other laundry.
  • Delicious fresh spring water can be collected for drinking purposes from the Newlands Spring nearby.
  • The swimming pool remained topped up by linking a pipe from a drain pipe to the pool.

The list of ways Capetonians “came to the party” to save water is endless.

Winter came and our efforts were rewarded with good rainfall. Our hearts overflowed with joy as the rainwater tanks overflowed with precious water. Dam levels rose from a dismal 11% at the height of the drought to 73% currently.

The opportunity now is to learn the lesson 100% and continue to save water while we have it.

This precious resource is more valuable that gold, diamonds or oil. Life on this planet cannot continue without fresh drinking water. So, join us in making water saving “the new normal”.

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