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Welcome rain brings some relief to drought stricken SA

Although the drought is not completely over, recent rains have brought relief to those areas of South Africa where a lack of rain has been a growing concern. While the Western Cape is still in the midst of a drought, the interior and the eastern parts of the country have received heavy rains from the tropical cyclone Dineo as well as from a low pressure trough that formed over the country during the last week of February.

The dam levels throughout the country have continued to rise over the last week and we have enjoyed a 2.3% increase nationally since the second last week of February. This means that dam levels raised from 55.6% to 57.9% within just a few days of rain.

According to the Department of Water and Sanitation, “This phenomenon further demonstrates that most parts of the country are still water distressed and the meagre rains we have experienced recently in some parts have not made any significant impact for us to say we are out of the woods”

Within the last two weeks, dam levels in the 9 provinces have changed accordingly:

  • In the Northern Cape, dam levels have risen from 93.6% to 95%
  • Dams in Gauteng have decreased slightly from 86.7% to 86.3%
  • North West Province dams have increased from 73.8% to 78.1%
  • The dams in Limpopo have increased from 66.1% to 66.9%
  • KwaZulu-Natal dams have shown a slight increase from 47.1% to 47.9%
  • Dams in the Free State have increased from 57.2% to 60.8%
  • Mpumalanga dams have decreased slightly from 67.8% to 67.1%
  • Eastern Cape dams have increased from 56.9% to 58.2%

In the Western Cape, dam levels remain critically low and in recent weeks the dam levels have decreased further bringing the levels down from 36.2% to 34.9%. At the same time last year, the dam levels in Western Cape were standing at 43%.

Africa is a continent that is no stranger to droughts
Africa is a continent that is no stranger to droughts

The Department of Water and Sanitation does weekly checks on all of the dams, and after the rains which have been falling for the last week over the eastern part of the country and the interior, the figures above are almost certain to be changing within the next week.

We are still in a drought

Despite the rise in dam levels, the country remains in the midst of a drought and the people are still being urged to use the water as sparingly as possible. Restrictions are still in place and residents still need to make sure that they pay careful attention to how they use the water.

Again, according to the Department of Water and Sanitation, the drought conditions are expected to persist for the next 2 years at the very least.

Sputnik Ratau, speaking on behalf of the department, said “We depend primarily on rainfall for our water availability. We hope to see significant amounts of rain, meaning consistent rainfall, over a period of time, to help us achieve the recovery we’re looking for.”

What South Africa needs is constant rain instead of flooding; something that for now at least is eluding the landscape. And although the current drought is far from the worst we have had, South Africa has always been a country without a steady supply of water. So be considerate before you water your garden or wash your car.

Want to save water and be able to wash your car and water your garden? You should invest in a grey water system from Green Leaf Alternative Solutions. A grey water system is the best way to save water during the drought, and will help you to save money on your monthly water bill in the future!

 

 

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Grey water recycling and the other ways you can save water

For many the thought of going green immediately turns to electricity, solar power and other ways that can be used to save power. But water is just as important, if not more so, than electricity and is often completely forgotten about when discussions turn to ways that the planet can be saved. Water shortages have always plagued South Africa. In fact, South Africa is considered to be one of those water scarce countries where people need to turn to alternative methods for saving water.

Some of the best ways that you can save water are not just by storing it, but also by creating it from nothing at all. With the modern advancements that are getting better and better by the day, the constant improvements are bettering the ways that we can save water. You now have plenty of options when it comes to saving water. And you don’t just have to choose just one option, you can combine a range of options.

Discussing the different ways that you can save water

In some instances, using a system that is designed just to harvest or reclaim water, is the best way to start saving. But it is certainly not the only way that you can save your water. There are a number of ways for you to save water, and the best place to start is with the water within your home. The ways that you can save water are incredibly simple and anyone can implement these techniques. Green Leaf Alternative Solutions is always looking to assist people by offering the right technology, and we are also providing some interesting advice to assist you in your water saving activities.

Start saving water in these ways

  • Take a bucket into the shower

How long do you wait for the water to heat up before you start showering? While you are waiting for the shower to get hot, plenty of water is running down the drain and going to waste. There is a way that you can prevent the water from going to waste. The solution is to place a bucket in the shower while you are waiting and to capture all of that water. You can then use this water for whatever you like, such as watering the garden.

  • Install a rainwater harvesting system

A rainwater harvesting system is one of the best ways that you can save. For most of our households, the rain water goes to waste, falling onto a pavement or driveway and then running away. By placing the rainwater harvesting system in the area where the rain falls the most, you will be saving the water and be able to use that water on your garden during times when the rain is scarce.

  • Invest in a grey water system

Not all wastewater needs to go down the drain and to waste. While there is certain waste water that should not be reused, grey water systems are great for recycling dish water and shower water. Instead of it going down the drain, this water is diverted to another area of the home where it can be used. One of the most popular ways that the water can be reused is by diverting it to be used for flushing the toilet. Although they can be easily set up, they do require maintenance to keep them in a good running condition.

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While droughts might be common in South Africa, technology can help us save water. The grey water recycling system is one of the best choices.
While droughts might be common in South Africa, technology can help us save water. The grey water recycling system is one of the best choices.

What is a grey water system?

With South Africa’s growing population and its continued struggle with water, the people need to save water wherever possible. This is where grey water recycling has really shown it’s immense worth. Grey water recycling involves the redirecting of wastewater, mainly water that has been used for showering, doing laundry or washing dishes, for instance. This water is not exactly dirty, and while it cannot be used for drinking or cooking, it can be used for other purposes.

Many households that have installed this system have reported that they have been able to save up to 40% of their water. This system of recycling can be combined with a number of other systems, contributing to the total amount of water that you will end up saving. The process is affordable and the set up itself is also exceptionally affordable.

Grey water recycling is one of the ways that you will be saving on your water each month. Not only will you be noticing the difference in your monthly water bill but you are also going to be contributing to saving the planet’s sparse fresh water supply.

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