SOME WATER C ONSERVATION TIPS:
•Turn the tap o ff be tween w ashing your f ace, br ushing y our t eeth or shaving. •Take a fiv eminute shower, instead of a b ath, which will c onsume onethird o f the w ater. •Use l owflow sho werheads, dualflush t oilet mechanisms and w aterefficient w ashing machine s. •Kettles shoul d c ontain jus t enough water f or y our needs. This will r educe y our el ectricity bill as w ell. River) s ystems w ere also alr eady in stress. T he H azelmere D am supplie s parts of Durban and the Ilembe District.
The dis trict f aces the pos sibility of a dr ought as the U mvutshane Ri ver, which supplies the ar ea, is almost dry. “This has resulted in a 66% reduction in the volume of water being tr eated.”
However, there were no immediat e concerns about water shortages in the •Don’t o verfill c ontainers lik e c ooking po ts, as this ma y r esult in the use o f mor e ener gy f or he ating. •Reduce the t oiletflush v olume b y putting a t wolitre s oftdrink bo ttle, filled with w ater and a lit tle sand to add w eight, int o the cis tern. •Fix l eaking t oilets. •Dispose o f tissue s and o ther w aste in the tr ash, don ’t flush. •Use “grey w ater” — us ed w ater from b aths, w ashing machine s e tc Mgeni S ystem, w hich supplie s the eThekwini r egion, uM gungundlovu, Northern U gu dis trict and Piet ermaritzburg.
“Depending on the rainfall levels received during the coming months, this could bec ome an is sue in mid 2015,” Harichunder said.
He warned that ther e had been belowaverage r ainfall o ver the p ast 15 — t o flush y our t oilet. •Do no t o verfill or e xcessively b ackwash y our s wimming pool. •Use a buck et r ather than a ho se t o wash y our c ar. Or els e us e a no zzle that c an be turned o ff be tween spraying the c ar. •Do no t pour p aint and chemic als down the dr ain. •Keep t oxic ins ecticides a way fr om water s ources and s treams. [supplied b y Umg eni W ater] months and that met eorologists had predicted the continuation of this trend until January next year. In addition, unusally high spring temperatures had led to incr eased e vaporation fr om the dams.
Harichunder said an earne st appeal was being made t o c onsumers t o use water sp aringly. • nalini@witne ss.co.za