World Water Day is held on the 22 March every year, focusing attention on the importance of water. This year, the theme for World Water Day is ‘Nature for Water’. People around the world are urged to explore nature-based solutions to the challenges we face in today’s world in terms of water.
Damaged ecosystems and the quality and quantity of water available for human consumption are contributing to the 2.1 billion people living without access to safe drinking water. This is adding to health, education and general living problems.
South Africans have felt the effects of not having easy and a lot of access to water, especially in the Western Cape. The South African city is planning to shut off taps to 4 million people due to the water crisis in the area. Now, more than ever, South Africans need to save water!
What can you do to make a difference on World Water Day?
No matter where in South Africa you live, we urge you to always save, not waste, water as human factors definitely contribute to water shortages. Water is one of the most precious resources we have, therefore, even when our dams are full and water is plentiful, we should continue to use water wisely.
Here are a few water-saving reminders:
- Take shorter showers.
- Don’t leave the tap running when brushing your teeth.
- If you shave in the shower or sink, fill up the sink or a small container with water and use it for rinsing the razor while your shave.
- Only flush the toilet when necessary – if it’s yellow, let it mellow; if it’s brown, flush it down.
- Reuse water from your sinks and showers for your garden. You can collect the water in buckets or use a water recycling system.
- Put in a full load of laundry instead of smaller loads as washing machines use the same amount of water regardless of how big the load is.
- Fix leaking connections and washers on taps.
- Install dual-flush toilets to handle solid and liquid waste differently.
- Water your garden with a watering can instead of a hose.
- Don’t water your garden in the middle of the day to limit evaporation.
- Only keep water-wise plants in your garden.
- Get a water tank to collect rainwater.
- Invest in water saving shower heads and taps.
These tips will save water and money in the long run.
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