Philip Ma­chan­ick

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be fixed for a mu­nic­i­pal­ity to work well. Makana needs to iden­tify these key points and ad­dress them.

See­ing the Mu­nic­i­pal­ity act will en­cour­age peo­ple to go on with or start the daily busi­ness of us­ing less wa­ter.

Yes, it is im­por­tant, yes it will help – just do it.

What can we do our­selves?

First, we can min­imise wa­ter use. If you take a bath, save the wa­ter to flush toi­lets. You can also save shower wa­ter if you stand in a bucket. Don’t run the tap un­til hot wa­ter starts with­out sav­ing the cold wa­ter. That too can flush toi­lets, be used for rins­ing veg­eta­bles, etc. If you can af­ford a rain­wa­ter tank (or bet­ter still, more than one), that is a great in­vest­ment for the fu­ture. Even if the poorer res­i­dents can’t af­ford one, any de­crease in de­mand for mu­nic­i­pal sup­ply helps.

Look­ing at the big­ger pic­ture, eco­log­i­cal restora­tion can pro­tect our wa­ter re­sources, as in­vader species can be wa­ter-hun­gry and wet­lands can dry out if the cor­rect mix of veg­e­ta­tion is not main­tained. More at https://bit. ly/2liglzv


Af­ter Fes­ti­val, a heated dis­cus­sion

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