Top tips to reduce water consumption
The severe drought situation is no joke, and it is not only in South Africa. The US has also been experiencing severe drought since 2011 (Texas). NASA commented that 2015 was the warmest year since modern record keeping, which began in 1880! Another interesting fact is that 15 of the 16 warmest years on record have now occurred since 2001. Climate change is real and it is a direct factor associated with drought.
Most people would argue that increased temperatures will lead to more precipitation, which is true, but the long-term effect proves the opposite. This is the process:
HEAT - PRECIPITATION - RAIN not SNOW - EARLIER SNOW MELT - INCREASED EVAPORATION AND TRANSPIRATION
= High risk of hydrological and agricultural drought as temperatures rise
In terms of elements impacting the economy, weather-related factors like drought rank second. Municipalities all over South Africa have been tasked to come up with plans on how to reduce consumers’ demand for water. In some areas like KZN, the reduction must be up to 15%. The Western Cape is on 10%, and Windhoek in Namibia imposed a Zero Tolerance Policy on 8 April, which means they’ve reached a water crisis. It’s time to think proactively about rain water collection and water recycling.
As homeowners we must prepare for an increased risk of even more frequent and severe drought conditions. Although we must start to incorporate efforts that will lead to a longer-term result, the short-term measures are just as important.
To list only a few:
- Temporary water conservation at home
- Water transfer such as rainwater harvesting, which is something Metro can definitely help with. You’ll be amazed at what a difference rain water collection can make.
- Increase use of groundwater, like wells.
We are all in the same
boat, so be aware and act sooner rather than later. For a quote or more
information on how you can harvest your rainwater with rainwater tanks, get in touch with us.