Bath from cleanest to dirtiest

2015-05-27 06:00

Sir, I JUST thought I would update readers how we were asked by the Durban Municipality to save water and the restrictions that were imposed many years back. They were quite harsh, but doable, even though at that time there were eight of us in the family - one of whom was a baby who did not wear disposable nappies (non-existent).

• No automatic washing machines allowed. (We had to purchase a small twin tub and we re-used water that we washed the and#034;whitesand#034; in. Obviously no dishwashers either. Dishes were washed in a bowl in the sink.

• Two bricks were to be placed in the toilet cistern which reduced the amount of water in the tank.

• To stop the toilet smelling (we were asked not to flush unless absolutely neces- sary­) there was a and#034;foamand#034; chemical available at the supermarkets which could be sprayed into the toilet bowel and which stopped strong odours from penetrating the bathroom. I do not know if this is still available anywhere. It was safe for septic tanks as well.

• A family was allocated a minimal amount of water for daily usage and a high penalty was imposed if the usage went over the total allocation in litres. The allocation for various size families was published in local weekly newspapers.

• Absolutely no car washing or watering of gardens. Water from bathing or clothes washing to be used if desired for this purpose.

As a large family, we resorted to bathing in order from cleanest to dirtiest in the same bath water. The children - who are grown up now - still remember the sticky feeling of soap when it was their turn and on getting out of the bath.

It can be done with effort and consideration.

If Durban Municipality could do it and succeed, surely a smaller municipal area like Greytown could also be given a similar programme to follow.

Water-wise grandmother

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