World Water Day, held on 22 March every year since 1993, celebrates water and raises awareness of the 2.2 billion people living without access to safe water. This international observance day encourages people to take action against the global water crises we are facing. Kloof community, it is up to each of us to preserve the earth’s most precious resource. Here are ways we can make small changes daily which, collectively, will have a positive environmental impact. The following are simple ways to save water.
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Check your toilet
Check your toilet for leaks – a leaky toilet can be the cause of thousands of litres of water being wasted without your knowledge. You should also try to reduce the number of times you flush your toilet daily. Every flush sends between 3 and 11 litres of water, literally, down the drain!
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Take a shorter shower
The average shower uses approximately 60 litres and lasts for 7.8 minutes. You can halve the amount of water you use by cutting this down to a 4-minute shower. You’ll be just as squeaky clean, promise!
Select and plant (or retain existing) indigenous trees as they are naturally water-wise. Here is a list of trees endemic to Kloof:
- Bridelia Micrantha – Mitzeeri
- Protorhus Longifolia – Red Beech
- Xylotheca Kraussiana – African Dog Rose
- Tabernaemontana Ventricosa – Toad Tree
- Rauvolfia caffra / Quinine Tree
- Combretum Molle
- Commiphora Harvey I – Paper Bark
- Ficus Glumosa
- Ficus Sur – Broom Cluster Fig
- Heteropyxis Natalensis – Lavender tree
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Maintain healthy soil at home
Kloof gardens, as a rule, thrive naturally and largely due to the inherent moisture around, but by using liberal amounts of compost, you can help maintain healthy soils that retain water well, and won’t have to rely solely on rainfall or water-wasting irrigation systems.
Sink or dishwasher?
There is always the dishwasher vs sink debate. If used correctly, both methods of cleaning dishes can save water. If you’re washing by hand, leave the water in and wash more dishes later on, and don’t leave the tap running. Before pulling out the sink plug, use the waste dishwashing water as a form of rinse-water for your recyclables that still have food or beverage residue inside, before putting them into separate recycling category bins.
If you’re lucky enough to have a dishwasher, make sure it is one of the later models with an eco-setting which conserves water and electricity when in use. Lastly, make sure you only use your dishwasher for full loads.
Appreciate our beautiful local wetlands
What would our lives be like without the fresh air and natural beauty of Mother Nature, acting as a welcomed stress relief from the business of our modern lifestyles? Appreciate the immeasurably valuable wetlands we have in Kloof, such as the Msinsi Reserve near the tennis courts, and Memorial Park, maintained diligently by the Kloof Conservancy – our “cousin” NPO. If we don’t conserve water, these areas will rapidly disappear! We need to leave a legacy for our children and our children’s children to enjoy!
We hope these very simple ways to save water will help us to collectively make a positive impact on our local and global environment. What are some of the ways in which you conserve water? We would love to hear your tips in the comments section below.