Sjoe! It’s been hot lately.
Very very hot. Usually we would have had quite a bit of rain by now – but that is not the case this year.
In fact, it’s so bad that certain areas in Gauteng have been put on water saving programmes. Like they are not allowed to water their gardens between six o’clock in the morning and six o’clock in the evening. This makes a lot of sense – if you water when the sun is shining it just evaporates and the water is gone.
You are also only allowed to wash your car with a bucket – no hose pipes. Hose pipes waste lots of water when it comes to washing cars. Anyway – who cares if cars get a bit dirty when we are having a water crisis? Much more important that there is water to drink and bathe in than cars are clean and shiny. Or I think so anyway.
People are not allowed to fill up their swimming pools either. So if you are lucky enough to have a pool in your garden – swim nicely in it. The sun will suck up enough water without you wasting it by jumping in and splashing out lots of water.
Remember all the old basics – turn the tap off when you are brushing your teeth. Have a shower instead of a bath. And make it a quick shower too.
If you put a brick (or even half a brick) in your toilet cistern – it uses less water.
Make sure there are no leaky taps in your house. It does not seem like a few drips would matter much but you’d be absolutely amazed at how quickly they add up into litres and litres of wasted water.
Also, fill your washing machine up with clothes when you do a load –half loads are a huge waste of water.
You can spray a bit of water into a fan and stand in front of it – it’s a great way of keeping cool.
Water is very precious – we are using the same stuff that the dinosaurs used. It’s a cycle.
You can go check out the water cycle on my webpage if you are interested http://www.sibo.co.za/page12.html
Remember every drop counts!
Career of the week: hydrology
Meaning: a science dealing with the properties, distribution, and circulation of water on and below the earth’s surface and in the atmosphere.