The Western Cape has been hit with its worst drought in recorded history. What makes the Western’s Capes situation even more serious is the fact that we only receive our rain during the winter season, which does not last very long in South Africa. People need to be genuinely concerned, as experts say that our rain may only begin mid-way through winter this year. Relying on our dams to support the population may indeed be a dead loss if people do not learn to save water effectively.
According to the South African Weather Service, South Africa received the lowest rainfall between January and December 2015, ever since the recording of rainfall began back in 1904. Experts say: Since 1904 rainfall in all nine provinces across the country has averaged 608mm per annum. In 2015, South Africa received an average of 403mm, with the lowest rainfall before this reaching 437mm in 1945.
The interior of South Africa has broken its dry spell. The likes of Pretoria and Johannesburg have endured severe flooding that swept man and house away in the storm. Here at home in Cape Town we are enduring stringent water restrictions and flash news, warning us of disastrous dam levels. It has gone so far that the mayor has indeed declared Cape Town drought 2017 a national disaster, should the need arise to shift funds from Government to water supply schemes.
It is not all doom and gloom though, as a nation that prides itself on ingenuity that arises from hardships, we have created a few ingenious #EcoWarrior waterless devices.
Waterless Car Wash System
The waterless car wash is not a new concept, what is new is the severe drought we currently face and the fact that we cannot splurge our dwindling supply of water on arduous tasks, like washing the car. The waterless car wash has many forms, some make use of foam whilst others have an activated wax agent, which is then polished into the car with a microfibre cloth. This brilliant little brain child is slowly staring to take off, with businesses and private entities requiring a constant car wash in Cape Town this is a great way to save water and keep up appearances.
A South African #WaterWarrior has developed a unique product that not only bridges the gap between rural communities, but it places the convenience of a bath without water in suburbia. Young entrepreneur Ludwick Marishane was just an ordinary kid from Limpopo, on one hot winters day the dreaded bath time affair sprouted an idea which has led to the world’s first waterless bath. The product called DryBath comes in easy to snap 20ml sachets that cost just R5. This product allows impoverished people more time and more water. Instead of using the water collected to bath, there is now far more available for drinking. We as a nation need to celebrate this kind of thinking and even though it is not the norm, as we struggle to consider taking a bath without water, it is worth trying to conserve the precious resource.
The city of Cape Town is to do away with urinals that automatically flush each time someone makes use of the facilities. To conserver more water, the city is implementing waterless urinals in and around Cape Town. These urinals do not make use of water and the science behind most waterless urinals is simple and straightforward. The liquid passes through a basic strainer and into a sealant type liquid (usually vegetable oil). The liquid then filters to the waste pipe below where no water is wasted during the entire process.
Green Gutter Rainwater Solutions
If waterless devices aren’t catching your eye, then how about increasing your water supply for those non-rainy days? Green Gutter Rainwater Solutions has the answer you are looking for. Uniquely designed and linked to your home in such a way that allows you to make use of your private collection tank for gardening and domestic use. Green Gutter comes in various sizes and we can even build you a custom tank to optimize your homes water supply. This unique water saving solution might just save your life, we know it will save you money in the long run. Visit us at www.rainwatersolutions.co.za for more information on this one of a kind home improvement solution.