Wednesday, 25 January 2012

Water, precious water


“Water is life's mater and matrix, mother and medium. There is no life without water.” Albert Szent-Gyorgyi quotes (Hungarian Biochemist, 1937 Nobel Prize for Medicine, 1893-1986)

I remember sitting in a cultural history lecture in varsity and my professor said something that has stuck with me since. She said that when there is a world war again, it will not be over land, it will be over the precious resource that is know as water..

I have put together a few tips and some interesting information for you so you can become more aware of your usage of water

“Water has no taste, no color, no odor; it cannot be defined, art relished while ever mysterious. Not necessary to life, but rather life itself. It fills us with a gratification that exceeds the delight of the senses.” ANTOINE DE SAINT-EXUPERY (1900-1944), Wind, Sand, and Stars, 1939


The average global rainfall is 870mm per year, South Africa receives about 450mm per year. This makes South Africa the 30th driest country in the water ie: we need to SAVE WATER

Ways to save water:
  • When washing your dishes, save water by using one sink for washing and the other sink for rinsing
  • make sure your sprinklers water only your garden, not your walls, the road etc
  • make sure the washing machine is full
  • love drinking your 2l of water everyday? - use a jug to fill up your glass, not the tap. This way, every drop counts. Also, just using the same glass through the day, saves water by not washing a clean one every single time
  • A bath uses about 120 litres of water, while a shower uses 80 litres of water. Shorten your shower by 2 minutes and you will save about 500 litres per month
  • Collect water from your roof for your garden
  • Don't let the water run while you brush your teeth (one of my pet peeves gosh)

  • Dispose of your tissues in the trash, not down the loo
  • wash dark colours in cold water, saves water as well as the colour
  • Really lathering up your shampoo? Applying a treatment for your hair? switch off the water while doing this
  • When getting fresh water for your pets, throw that water into the garden instead of down the drain and then give them fresh water
  • Keep a bucket in the shower. When your shower is warming up or even when it runs, collect this water and use it for your toilet or your garden

All images credit: Pintrest

Hope you find this post helpful and informative, remember water is precious, value it!

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