International World Water Day takes place on 22 March and with UN Water estimating that 1,800 billion people will be living in regions with absolute water scarcity by 2025, the time to save water is now!
It’s a message South Africans need to take heed of, especially since Water Affairs Minister Edna Molewa announced that our country could face a crisis situation with the water supply within the next decade if urgent steps are not taken!
In order to educate South Africans about the importance of water conservation, the department of Water Affairs has launched ‘For love of water…share your story,’ a campaign which invites all South Africans to talk about water conservation.
“…We must recognise that we only have one world and there is only so much in this world, and we are so many…,” says Zolani Mahola, lead singer of Freshlyground.
Zolani is one of the first South African celebrities to support the campaign and helped create theme song for this initiative. Watch the video below to find what Zolani does to save water at home…
Another remarkable South African woman sharing her passion for water is Hanli Prinsloo the 11 times South African freediving record holder. Hanli is also a founding member of I AM WATER, a trust committed to protecting the ocean through education and awareness. Be inspired by Hanli’s video interview below…
So what could you do to save water? Here are some ideas to help get you started…
- Fix leaking taps and water pipes at home.
- Allow water to cool after boiling or steaming vegetables and use it to water the garden.
- Considering a bathroom renovation? Install a low flush toilet or simply drop a full water bottle in the toilet cistern to reduce water wasted with each flush.
- Fit low-flow shower heads and tap filters which aerate water so that less is used while turned on.
- Use Zolani’s tip and shower over a bucket or place the bucket in the corner of the shower where it can collect runoff water. Either use this water to flush the toilet, mop floors or water your garden.
- Install a rain water catchment system in your garden or reuse excess water from the washing machine by investing in a grey water system. Ideally we should all aim to water gardens from reused water sources rather than using fresh drinking water.
Can you think of more ways to save water? Post your water conservation tips as a comment below; we’d love to hear from you. And if you want to spread the word that water is worth protecting, share this article… share a love of water!