Those who have lived or visited St Francis since way back when will attest to Chris Cowling’s remarks on another reason to save water.

A reminder to all about the quality of our borehole water. Most of the permanent residents that reside in the Greater St Francis were not here when most of our domestic water came from boreholes. The quality of borehole water is very different to that of the Churchill/Elandsjagt water we receive now.

Firstly, our borehole water contains very high levels of iron, manganese and calcium. Not only does this affect the taste, but it has detrimental and damaging effects on geysers, washing machines and dishwashers. It can also result in the staining of clothes, due to the oxidation of the iron in the water, when applied to clothes. These stains are impossible to remove. You will also get staining on baths, washbasins shower walls and toilet bowls.

Scaling is going to occur in geysers and kettles. Geyser elements and thermostats will have to be, periodically replaced.

These are just a few of the issues we can expect once we are back to utilizing our boreholes.

Therefore it is vital that we save as much water as we can.