Cape Town – While natural spring water may provide a source for industrial and commercial uses of water, it may not be suitable for human consumption, a researcher has said.
“Sixteen springs altogether probably produce a nice little bit of water, compared to what the city uses, but getting all 16 springs together at that [...]
Capetonians have been warned to adhere to restrictions on using water to water gardens or face stiff penalties. [...]
the meter did indeed turn if they actually use municipal water. There was nothing wrong with the meter, there just wasn’t any water flowing through it [...]
Threats to humans emerge when the compounds enter the food chain through vegetables (and often fish) via irrigation with toxic water. [...]
- Keeping water hot takes up a major share of your electricity bill. Switch the geyser off during the day to save electricity.
- Buy a geyser blanket to help keep the water hot and use less electricity.
- Grow indigenous plants in your garden. They’re tougher and usually require less water than alien varieties.
Concrete patches on the canals snaking through Nico Greeff’s vineyards betray constant repairs to an outmoded irrigation system that’s the lifeblood of farming in South Africa’s arid west.
“The water infrastructure is about 60 years old and the lifespan of a surfaced canal is about 40 years,” Greeff, 55, said on his farm near Vredendal, [...]
Cape Town residents will have to start looking seriously at drinking recycled water from the local sewage works within the next few years as water supplies are running out [...]
The typical household can save up to 90% of their water bill through a combination of harvesting rainwater, greywater recycling and other water saving technologies. [...]
There is a misperception about the differences between rainwater harvesting systems and systems that recycling waste water. There is also a misperception as to the possible end use of water from these systems.
Rainwater harvesting systems use rainwater collected from the roof and should not be confused with systems that recycle treated wastewater or greywater [...]
I found this fantastic blog, which tells the story so much better than I could. Of course it relates to another city, in another country, but it’s well worth a read.
Basically, a US study found that if a city captured and used the rain that fell on its rooftops, it could meet the water [...]