Where water is hardly in short supply an Interesting comment from a Canadian reader on water saving

Whilst some find it impossible to follow the need to reduce water usage in spite of the municipality’s pleas and efforts, a St Francis Today reader living in Canada shows us all up. (Yes we do have readers in Canada, the US, UK, Australia, New Zealand, Emirates and even one regular reader in Russia.) Canada is dotted with lakes and rivers with winter snowfalls keeping these beautiful lakes and rivers well supplied with water so one cannot imagine the need for those living in Canada finding it necessary to save water. Yet some appreciate water as a valuable resource and in spite of its abundance make every effort to save every drop., something we in Kouga need to start making every effort to follow likewise.

Here is what the reader CdnErin’ wrote that maybe an example to all of us who haven’t quite got the hang of saving water.

“I’m on the other side of the globe — in Canada. Generally we have lots of water, but I cringe when I see people wasting it, because we don’t get a lot of rain in my area, and snow doesn’t always contain a lot of water, so spring melt isn’t always wet, if that makes sense.

I conserve water in my household as much as humanly possible. We do not use the dishwasher. I wash dishes by hand, and use a basin to rinse them after washing. The basin is then poured under my trees or on flowerbeds, depending on what is the driest. In winter, I shovel sow onto my perennial flowerbeds & move it under the trees. I’m big on using grey water instead of wasting it.
IF I was in a drought situation as you are there in Africa, I would put the plug in my bathtub when I shower & I would use that water on lawns and/or to wash the vehicle (I don’t drive, though, so no vehicle to wash).

I personally feel that all new houses SHOULD be build with grey water tanks — so that the water you shower in or that you use in the kitchen to wash vegetables or wash dishes can be reused to flush the toilet or water the lawn & gardens or be used to wash the car. I have never understood why we are using good clean drinkable water to flush the toilet (but I don’t have a choice, it’s how houses are built, unfortunately).

I hope for you all to get some direly needed precipitation & get those reservoirs filled! I was reading something recently about India or Pakistan having come up with a way to treat sea water to remove the salt then make it into drinkable water, and they’re having great success with it. I think it would be an expensive proposition BUT it would solve so many issues, from empty reservoirs to solving rising sea levels due to climate change… just a thought, looking to the future, since those are the big issues South Africa are facing right now. Cheers!”

Let us all work together, visitors and residents together – SAVE WATER!