Right now those of us living in Gauteng might be feeling a bit complacent because we are not facing a severe water crisis like they are in Cape Town (and other parts of the country) – but that does not mean that we have water to waste.
We should all get used to using water as sparingly as possible.
Make it a habit to save all those drops that are so easy to waste. Turn the taps off when brushing teeth, do the mellow yellow thing, make sure the washing machine is full before switching it on and ensure that there are no leaky pipes or taps in the house.
That’s the least we can do.
If you are planning a trip to Cape Town, be considerate. Don’t think you can rock up and waste their water because you will have left after a few days and the dire situation won’t affect you in the slightest.
If you are visiting family – buy-in water for your needs and be ultra-considerate with every drop you use out of the tap. In fact – don’t use those taps if you can possibly help it.
Think about taking your own sheets, or sleeping bag, with you and bring them back again to wash. Sounds crazy right? Not really – the guesthouse or your friends or relations would really appreciate such a gesture. You might even get a discount. Organise it with your hosts before you go.
Wash your hair before you leave and make sure you stick to the showering time rules. Even better – skip that shower if you can!
Take enough clothes to last the duration of your trip without needing to have them washed.
Don’t ask for a glass of water at a restaurant – they are also severely water challenged.
So are the shopping centres – don’t assume you can use their bathrooms – many of them are now closed.
Lastly – don’t share fake news or make cruel jokes about the water situation – especially around children.
The other day Ginny’s 5 year old granddaughter, Isabella, asked her mom if they were going to die when their water ran out. It was obviously a real fear uppermost in her mind. She was very relieved to hear that if things got too bad they could always move in with GG in Gauteng.
Be positive and considerate.
Every drop counts!