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South Africa's water shortage gives you the chance to save

by , 26 January 2016

Water shortages are becoming a serious problem in South Africa. The lack of rain and ongoing heatwave is making the problem much worse. Gauteng and Kwa-Zulu Natal are in the middle of water restrictions while water reservoirs in the Western Cape are 20% lower this year.

The department of Water Affairs blames the water problems on poor planning, budget constraints and supply management challenges. Not only that, community members are ignoring the calls to use water more sparingly, this is only making the problem worse.

Before the problem gets out of hand, and water supply goes the way of electricity supply, here are a few ways that you can save water around your home. Most importantly, this isn't only important for your community, it can save you a chunk of change every month too.

Six simple ways to start saving water starting right now!
  1. Brush your teeth with the tap off – Every minute that your tap is running, you lose about six litres of water. Your dentist wants you to brush your teeth for at least 3 minutes – That’s around 18 litres of water going down the drain. Close the taps while brushing and only open it when you need to rinse.  
  2. Flush your toilets only when you need to. You don’t need to flush the toilet every time you use it. I’m not saying leave your “undesirables” floating around but you don’t have to flush when discarding a tissue after blowing your nose, or after clipping your nails.
  3. Get a multi-flush mechanism for your toilet. When you have solids to flush, use the heavy setting – This allows more water for flushing. Use the lighter setting for fluids.
  4. Water your garden one hour after the sun sets. Watering your garden during the day is a colossal waste of water. In South Africa, the hot sun will evaporate the water faster than the plant can absorb it. So, wait for the sun to go down and the ground to cool off before giving your plants the water it needs.
  5. Don’t fill your pool in the morning and get a pool cover – The sun will evaporate the water during the day if you leave it open. So, pay a little extra for a solid pool cover now. The added benefit here is that you’ll spend less time cleaning your pool too since leaves and other debris can’t get in.
  6. Insulate hot water taps so that you don’t wait long for hot water arrive. This is an important tip in winter, when your taps are ice cold.
These tips might seem simple. But often, the simplest ideas are the most effective. They’re easy to implement and won’t cost you an arm and a leg. In fact, soon you’ll be on the road to saving a lot of money.
But is there a way to get your water without paying government at all? 
Going off-grid from Eskom is all the buzz right now. Most people seem to be turning to solar electricity for a more sustainable and economically viable. But what are your options if you want to get off the water grid?
The good news is, there are a few.
Did you know that you could get water from air? 
I know it sounds ridiculous. But the truth is, there’s more drinking water in the air than all the oceans in the world. One company is already making significant inroads into harvesting this drinking water.
The company I’m talking about is aptly called, Water from Air. Now, I haven’t tested out any of the products myself, but I have contacted the company. They say, “Ideally, the humidity level should be between 40% and 50% or above to achieve the machine’s optimum performance.” 
Apparently, the entry-level product, Water From Air AW3, produces up to 32 litres per day. The water the machine produces is filtered and sterilised using ultra violet light. So, it’s safe to drink, even safer that than the chlorinated “municipal juice” coming out of your taps. It’s good for homes, lodges and small businesses.
The company also has a bigger machine called, The Water from Air AW35. Apparently, it can produce 350 litres of drinkable water a day.
To find out more about this innovative new technology, visit www.waterfromair.co.za.   

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