Bottle tap saves water

2018-02-20 15:28

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A local timber recycler, Eddie Thompson from Woodstock, is doing his bit to fight Day Zero by using cooldrink bottles and straws.

He has used his skills as a carpenter to make three small taps for his family of five.

Thompson takes a two-litre plastic cooldrink bottle and a clean straw. He then peels off the branded wrapping on the bottle to make it easy to monitor the amount of water in the bottle. He uses a small, sharp screwdriver to open a hole at the bottom of the bottle. He then cuts the straws into three and inserts one of the pieces into the hole. He then fills his bottle with tap water, screws on the cap and starts saving water.

Thompson says he saw the idea on the internet and decided to try it.

“When I saw this online I wanted to try it in an attempt to save more water. It works. The whole family uses one bottle to brush their teeth and rinse their hands in the morning. We also use it for everything that does not require a lot of water such as rinsing plates and cups. My family is thrilled with this new idea.”

Thompson says he also uses a two-litre bottle to clean his car once in a while.

He encourages other citizens to do their bit to save the day and to always share any ideas they might have.

“I do not believe there will be a Day Zero but as a concerned citizen I just want to do my bit and share ideas,” Thompson says.

His son, Dale Thompson, says he is impressed with his dad’s idea. Dale says he saves water without applying too much change in his life. “The bottles are almost similar to taps – you just have to squeeze the bottle or loosen the top to get water,” he says.

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