22 Mar World Water Day 2019
The 22nd March marks an annual UN observance day that highlights the importance of freshwater.
Whoever you are, wherever you are, water is your human right
What is World Water Day?
Sustainable Development Goal 6 is crystal clear: water for all by 2030. By definition, this means leaving no one behind. But today, billions of people are still living without safe water – their households, schools, workplaces, farms and factories struggling to survive and thrive.
This World Water Day, 22nd March, is about tackling the water crisis by addressing the reasons why so many people are being left behind.
Most South Africans understand the importance of conserving and preserving water after facing the very real possibility of Day Zero in the Western Cape last year, which was narrowly averted but other towns in South Africa were not as lucky and even resulted in some town’s boreholes running dry.
The reality of how important clean, fresh and safe drinking water was made abundantly clear. Many of us become water warriors where we could and go beyond the bare minimum (but necessary) if it’s yellow let it mellow.
In the midst of the Western Cape’s crippling water crises, Cape Town resident, editor, author, poet, teacher, scholar AND water-saving pro (!) Helen Moffett released her book, 101 Water Wise Ways – http://pensouthafrica.co.za/101-water-wise-ways-by-helen-moffett/
A fantastic read!
Helen also has a blog which will introduce you to some gentle and some not-so gentle (hello yoghurt tub!) ideas to save water and once you start reading, you’ll find yourself reading post after post. Some genius, some simple and many, many manageable ways to reduce your water usage and really stretch each drop.
We love these easy water-saving tips:
- Aeration devices for taps – instead of the usual stream of water, the aeration device applied to your tap sprays a fine mist that still does the job for face washing, hand washing, teeth brushing etc. using a fraction of the amount of water.
- Ensure that the settings on your appliances are set to use the least amount of water.
- Keep a bucket in the shower to let the cold water run into before the water warms up and repurpose.
- Get an old/ empty bottle with a spray nozzle to spritz your crockery after use and pre-wash, the little bit of water does a great job of dislodging food, sauces etc. OR (this is one from Helen’s site) save your teabags, let them dry and use them to scrape off food stuff from crockery, works like a charm!
- Still save and harvest where you can.
- We posted some handy tips here
The drought and Day Zero scare may be over (for now) HOWEVER water scarcity is still and will continue to be a challenge. Out of the 70% of water available, only 0.03% is made up of fresh water so we do need to keep on saving, preserving, conserving and repurposing too (where possible and hygienic to do so).
Keep an eye on your local municipality regarding water restrictions, if there are any. In Cape Town, as of 01 March 2019, we are on amended level 3 which means that we are still required to use 105 litres or less per person per day.