Posted by: Saving Water SA (Cape Town, South Africa) – partnered with Water Rhapsody conservation systems – 20 May 2010
South Africa receives a pitiful 450mm of rainfall, making it the world’s 30th driest country. We are faced with water restrictions due to our ever increasing water scarcity. Urban influx places pressure on our already scarce water supply resources. Our water infrastructure is in urgent need of upgrading at enormous cost. And our wastewater treatment plants cannot cope with the volume of effluent that reaches them on a daily basis, mostly due to the volume of water that we send down our sewers.
So how do we address these issues?
One way is Rainwater Harvesting. Rainwater is an absolutely FREE source of water that can be harvested and safely distributed anywhere in the home. The idea of using drinking water to flush toilets and water lawns is wasteful and irresponsible, especially in light of the population growth and water shortages across the country. Rainwater harvesting greens your home, lessens your environmental footprint and reduces flooding and erosion caused by storm water run off.
And instead of sending our used rainwater down the sewer to our over-burdened wastewater treatment plants, we could use this grey water to irrigate our gardens. With most households using ±35% of water for garden irrigation this would contribute significantly to saving our increasingly scarce supply of drinking water.
Using water in these ways greens your home and is a viable alternative to municipal supply. Water Rhapsody are experts at rainwater harvesting and grey water solutions, and can provide FREE advice on how to best to make your home a green one.
Call your local dealer for a free water audit.