Posted by: Saving Water SA (Cape Town, South Africa) – partnered with Water Rhapsody conservation systems – 06 October 2010
Climate change is already a reality, and the lower rainfall patterns this winter are threatening crops and other livelihoods in the Western and Southern Cape and Cape Town. This is exacerbated by the increase in economic activity in the Western Cape – a positive trend in many ways – which has placed a greater demand on the city’s water resources.
The City of Cape Town is therefore calling on all residents, visitors and businesses to work together to conserve this precious and life-giving resource.
One important way in which everyone can help save water is by adhering to the City’s Water By-Law. The By-Law requires that property owners pay attention to water leaks and fit water-saving devices such as taps, showerheads and cisterns to their household plumbing installations. Other ways to save include reducing the amount of water wastage, not letting water run unnecessarily, recycling water (using washing-up water, for example, to water gardens), reducing water consumption by fitting a controlling device such as a sprayer to gardening hoses, washing vehicles (if at all) by using automatic shut off nozzles on hoses or buckets and by paying for the water that is used.
The City’s Water Conservation and Water Demand Management Strategy also offers an excellent framework for achieving increased water conservation. Among the measures proposed and implemented in this strategy are pipe/meter replacement, leak repairs, pressure management and consumer awareness.
The re-use of treated effluent (which of course undergoes additional filtration processes before distribution) for irrigation and industrial processes, is already being promoted as an alternative means of further reducing the demand on potable (drinkable) water resources. The City is investing in the expansion of its treated effluent reticulation infrastructure in order to increase availability to consumers across the city.
Similarly increased efforts are also underway to promote the use of boreholes, well points, greywater and rainwater harvesting as additional alternative water sources.
The City firmly believes in the principle of ‘practice what you preach’ and will ensure that staff, officials and operations save water at work and at home.
“If we wait until the situation is that bad, it will be too late for us to save water,” says Alderman Clive Justus, Mayco Member: Utility Services. “We need to be proactive as a City and are confident that the people of Cape Town will join us, as they have done in the past, and recognise that together we can all achieve more and at a more rapid pace.”
Source: City of Cape Town