Facts about Water

Water Facts:

  • Some 1.1 billion people,or 18 % of the word’s population,lack access to safe drinking water,and over 2.4 billion people lack access to adequate sanitation.
  • More than 2.2 million people in developing countries,most of them children,die each year from diseases associated with lack of access to safe drinking water,inadequate sanitation.
  • A report released in early October 2009 by the Water Research Commission of South Africa found that South Africa has 4% less water than 20 years ago.
  • Rand Water is predicting that demand for water in South Africa will outstrip supply by 2025. It also believes that Gauteng is potentially facing a water shortage as early as 2013.
  • In Cape Town the scenario is not much better with a water shortage prediction by 2016
  • If South Africans continue with their wasteful water practices,there simply will not be enough water to meet the country’s future needs and,we may have to start paying even more for water!
  • South Africans can change the scenario by changing their behaviour towards water usage and becoming water wise and savvy about rainwater harvesting.

21 top water-saving tips for your home

v  Checking for leaks in taps,pipes and dishwasher hoses is an easy way to reduce water wastage.

v  Remember,one leaking tap can waste more than 2,000 lt a month.

v  There’s no need to leave the tap running while you brush your teeth. Simply wet your toothbrush before you begin and use a glass of water to rinse your mouth.

v  The most water efficient methods for cooking vegetables are microwaving,steaming or using a pressure cooker. You can also cut down on water loss by using tight lids on pots and simmering instead of boiling rapidly.

v  Installing water efficient taps or tap aerators is a great,inexpensive way to cut your water usage without you even noticing.

v  Put the plug in the sink when washing your hands instead of holding them under running water.

v  Thaw frozen foods before you need them or use the microwave instead of placing them under running water.

v  Prevent taps from leaking by turning taps off lightly and replace washers as soon as they begin to leak.

v  Automatic dishwashers can use up to 40 lt of water per load. By using a dishwasher with at least a 3 star/AAA rating,you can get this figure down to 18 lt per load and still get the kind of sparkling clean dishes you’re used to.

v  Wait until you have a full load in your dishwasher before using it. This saves water and energy,and reduces the amount of detergent entering the sewerage system.

v  Keep a container of water in the fridge so that you won’t need to run the water down the sink until it’s cool enough to drink.

v  Washing fruit and vegetables in a half-filled sink instead of under running water is a great way to cut back on water wastage.

v  Rinsing your dishes in a plugged sink rather than under a running tap saves water and is just as easy and effective.

v  Use a sink strainer.

v  Try to use phosphate-free,eco-friendly detergents and cleaning products. There’s a great range to choose from these days and they’re much better for our environment.

v  Remember to regularly clean the lint filter on your washing machine.

v  Most washing machines have a load adjustment button or dial,so try to set this to match the amount of washing you’re doing. If your machine doesn’t have a load adjustment function,try to wait until you have enough washing for a full load.

v  Installing one of the latest 3 star/AAA rating showerheads can give you a great shower and save you around 10 lt of water a minute. They also save you energy costs,as you’ll use less hot water.

v  To rinse your razor,run a little water into a plugged sink. Rinsing your razor under a running tap wastes lots of water.

v  Electric or fuel powered leaf blowers work more efficiently than hosing down paths and driveways.

v  Pool covers reduce the amount of water you need to keep your pool full and running efficiently.

RAINWATER HARVESTING

v  Rainwater harvesting is the collection,storage and distribution of rainwater and the perfect storage facility for rainwater is a water tank.

v  Rainwater can essentially be used anywhere you use tap water.

v  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.

v  Rainwater harvesting greens your home lessens your environmental footprint.

v  Rainwater is an absolutely FREE source of water.

v  You will reduce flooding and erosion caused by storm water run off

YOUR ROOF YOUR ALLY

  • 1mm of rain allows you to harvest 1lt of water per m2 of roof area – just allow for a 15% wastage factor.
  • Make sure that your gutters are installed to direct rainwater to rain water tanks.
  • An annual rainfall of 500 mm on a roof surface of 50 m² amounts to 25 000-liters of potential safe drinking water that can be preserved (40-liters per day for 625 days) or wasted! In South Africa,the water allocation per day per person is 25lt

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