18 August 2011

“Save water now” urges City of Cape Town

Leon Jamarie
The importance of water. Photo courtesy Katja Rockstroh

“We can only save water while we have it, and there is no better time to start than now.” So says Councillor Shehaam Sims, the City of Cape Town’s Mayoral Committee Member for Utility Services. Here at the Two Oceans Aquarium, we definitely shares this sentiment.

Sims was adressing the issue of low rainfall experienced in the catchment areas of major dams this winter – 81.2% as opposed to 90.5% of last year. The City of Cape Town is urging us all to save water.
At home, the three highest water-use areas are the garden, flushing of the toilet and bathing/showering. These areas therefore hold the greatest potential for saving water and residents are urged play their part by making water conservation a way of life.

The City has published a list of water wise tips on its website, a few of which are listed below:

  • Only water your garden before 10:00 or after 16:00 when there is less evaporation
  • Check and repair all visible and detected leaks regularly
  • Do not hose down hard or paved surfaces
  • Install an automatic self-closing device for your hosepipe
  • Install water-saving devices where possible
  • Use a bucket when washing a vehicle
  • Keep taps closed when not in use
  • During wet weather, turn off automated sprinklers to avoid unnecessary watering of gardens when the rain has already done the work.

On a lighter note, here is some poetic inspiration from from out Frogs: Beyond the pond exhibit. Who can argue with plopping good fun?

One drop wasted is a drop too much….
Saving water helps us and our friends the frogs!

Catch the dawn
and water your lawn!
Thirsty plants after a long hot day?
Quench their thirst the legal way!

(Did you know its illegal to water your garden between 10h00 and 16h00?)

Don’t let the water run….
fit your hose with a nozzle gun!

(Make sure your hose is fitted with an automatic shut-off nozzle)

Thirsty drive-way?
I don’t think so! Get a broom and sweep those leaves away!

(Did you know it’s illegal to use a hose to clean your drive-way?)

Don’t waste time filling the bath.…
take a shower and cut your cleansing time in half!

(Did you know it takes up to 200 litres of water to fill a bath?)

Be water-wise and save – money, water and frogs!

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