Guys. Remember when I wrote this post yeeeeeeeeeeeeears back on using 10L of water a day? And how funny it was because, really, it was so very unrealistic and so not real, and I could laugh about it because I had a gazillion liters of water in my taps and under my house and water was life and, well, I had plenty of it…
Well, how the tables have turned. Cape Town now finds itself in this real-life nightmare. This real-life nightmare which has gone from shock-horror scare tactics, and overracting about how bad it all is, to genuine scare tactics, queueing for water at the shops while trying to wrap our minds about lining up for a daily ration of water. Where? Who knows. How will it work? No one can quite tell us that either. SABC News keeps playing this segment highlighting how some rural communities have lived on a trickle of water for centuries, and while it is eye opening and inspiring, THIS IS CAPE TOWN. Wealthy, on the international stage, leading in arts and culture, Table Mountain, V&A Waterfront, best coffee shops in the world CAPE.TOWN.
So here we are:
So, here’s my humble 2c on how we can defeat Day Zero. #defeatdayzero.
Firstly, I’ll gently nudge you into OBEYING the freaking rules set out by the City of Cape Town. In point form:
- Amongst the most obvious…
- Please don’t shower every day. You really don’t have to. If you smell good all the time we will start to judge you.
- Collect grey water for EVERYTHING. (Please also store this safely! I have a toddler around the house so we are really careful about where and how water is stored).
- Flush once a day (with grey water from the dishwasher or washing machine).
- Wash your clothes and your dishes on ECO cycles. Test them and see which cycles use less water.
Secondly, my ECO-POINTERS:
My personal choices for the checklist below would be Nu-Eco hand sanitizer, Pure Beginnings biodegradable wet wipes (as well as mozzie spray, because those mozzies like water collection spots it seems!) and EcoPack‘s biodegradable bowls and cups for your home.
Also, go with a buddy to collect water at the spring, day or night. Consider it bonding time – turning a crisis into a standing coffee date (literally, standing).
Finally, some extra thoughts courtesy of EcoPack:
- Make a Stay Soft & water solution to spray clothes and hang up to dry
- Clean counters with disposable wipes
- Wash yourself with wet wipes
- Throw toilet paper used for urinating in a lined bin instead of the toilet – add sawdust or bicarb to control odor
- Fill toilet cistern with water instead of straight into the toilet
- Use microfiber cloths rather than sponges as they become unsanitary faster
- Ladies can extend the life of their underwear by wearing panty liners
- Use store bought water for drinking only
- Use biodegradable & compostable disposable cups, plates & bowls where possible to save water
- If you have to wash dishes, wipe as clean as possible with paper towels first
- Buy food that requires no water during preparation
- Wear fabrics like cotton that breaths to avoid odors from developing due to sweat & bacteria
- Use a bicarb & coconut oil mixture as deodorant as it is more effective than traditional store bought deodorants
- Use vinegar in a spray bottle for cleaning surfaces.
We’re in this together Cape Town! We really are. Let’s live like it.
Pic credit: www.ewn.co.za, www.msn.com, www.businesslive.co.za, www.ecopack.co.za, City of Cape Town.