OPINION: Water wise

2015-11-17 06:00

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The looming national water crisis is closer to home than you may think.

Water shortages may seem far from the daily reality of most Capetonians, but saving water is not just the responsibility of those without any.

South Africa is facing its worst drought in over two decades and our clean water supply is under heavy strain.

Local government has announced that it may implement water savings targets from as soon as next month and the provincial government is already looking at precautionary restrictions for areas such as the Karoo and West Coast.

It’s only a matter of time before Cape Town starts feeling the pinch too.

And although a lack of water is an inconvenience to us in our homes, it is devastating to the agricultural sector.

This means not only will we be heading into a drought, we will also possibly face food shortages, suffer a rise in food prices and see an increase in the cost of living as a result.

It paints a gloomy picture for the upcoming year.

But there is something we can do now: Save water.

It sounds simple enough, but every day we waste litres of water through carelessness.

Simple acts, such as ensuring your pipes have no leaks and not watering your garden or filling your pool during the day, go a long way to saving water.

In fact, put away your hosepipe. Water your plants with a watering can and wash your car with a bucket – you’ll be conscious of how much water you’re using and save some in the process.

Don’t leave open taps running while you wash your hands or brush your teeth, and shower with purpose – the time for leisurely long showers is over.

Saving water is our responsibility and we need to start doing it right now – because saving water when there is none is too late.

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