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Every year during March, the Department of Water Affairs celebrates National Water Week in South Africa,Â and World Water Day takes place on 22 March.
5-11 March 2012 was National Water Week, and this yearâ€™s campaign focused on raising awareness among South Africans about the role of water in social and economic development, and the importance of conserving and respecting our water resources.
Here are some small tips that can make a big difference if we all do our bit!
- Monitor your water usage in the home. When buying appliances, choose those that can be adjusted according to load size. Run your washing machine or dishwasher only when it is full.
- Recycle grey water by using it to water the garden.
- Install low-flow toilets, or convert your toilet to a low-flush toilet.
- Replace shower-heads with water-efficient models.
- Turn off taps tightly after use, and replace worn washers regularly.
- Soak pots and pans instead of letting the water run while you scrape them clean.
- Donâ€™t water your garden on a windy day when most of the water blows away or evaporates.
- Avoid recreational water toys that need a constant flow of water.
- Turn off the water while brushing your teeth or shaving â€“ and save nearly 100 litres a month!
- Install covers on pools and Jacuzzis, and check for leaks around the pumps.
- Wash fruit and vegetables in a basin of water instead of using running water from the tap.
The Phantom Forest Team