Get smart, be water-wise

2016-01-26 06:00

THE Upper Highway community asks everyone to save water as insufficient rainfall in KwaZulu-Natal has taken its toll on dam levels.

Outraged residents claim that many in the area continue to “waste water” by leaving their sprinklers on at all times of the day, water their yards and even gardens without considering that other communities are having to manage with the few litres they are allocated a day.

Kloof’s Branden Mias said he understands the need for using water sparingly, but is fed up with all the restrictions.

“We have power shortages , water shortages and last year we had fuel shortages, what next? Is this a sign of poor running of our country?”

Hillcrest resident Andrea Maistry said she is also trying to save water, but gets angry when she notices her neighbour’s sprinkler on at odd times of the day.

“If there are calls for saving water, we should all do it.

“ Maybe they only way people will learn are to shut it off completely.”

Reducing water usage:

• Do not water the garden.

• Avoid washing cars if possible or wash using buckets of water instead of a hose pipe.

• Do not fill the swimming pools.

• Do not leave the tap running when brushing your teeth or for any other activities.

• A two-minute shower saves water more than taking a bath.

• Instead of washing clothes every day with half load, wash alternate days with a full load.

• When washing vegetables, wash in a dish, instead of washing them under running water.

• Read your meter every day to ensure there are no internal leaks on your property.

• If you are going away, close the main valve.

• When washing dishes, do not use running water, rather fill the basin.

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