Category Archives: Water Crisis


Preventing Evaporation By Using Mulches

To prevent the water held in the soil from evaporating the soil needs a cover. In fact you should feel uneasy when you see bare land-it’s like skin with a layer missing. The most effective way to protect soil is to use mulches. Mulch is a layer over the soil which protects it from the damaging effects of wind, sun and water. Mulches have several special functions and multiple benefits: They reduce soil evaporation and therefor inhibit soil salination and general water loss, thereby saving water They increase water infiltration […]

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Grey Water System Cover Box

New feature on grey water system

Our Garden Rhapsody Grey Water system now has a new cover box, which finishes off the job nicely and provides  an ideal enclosure for your grey water system. It is also a great option for when the Garden Rhapsody sits lower in the ground due to low drainage pipes. This new enclosure box makes the grey water system installation easier, neater and cleaner. For more information please contact Water Rhapsody Atlantic at

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Hot Compost 5


Hot Composting, Step By Step   DAY 1 Mix together ingredients by laying then in alternating thin layers of “greens” and “browns”. Wet the compost heap down very well so it is dripping water out of the bottom and is saturated. §  Can put activator in the middle of compost heap to start off composting process. Activators include comfrey, nettles, yarrow, animal, fish, urine, or old compost.   DAY 4 Turn the compost heap over, outside turned to inside, inside turned to outside. To explain in more detail, when turning […]

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Hot Composting

Cold vs Hot Composting Regular composting, also known as “cold composting”, involves placing a variety of organic materials in a compost bin, enclosure, or even just in a large heap, and leaving it there until it breaks down several months later. It’s a very slow process and typically takes 6 to 12 months. It can be sped up by turning the compost.  That is, moving around the material at the bottom of the heap to the top and vice versa to mix it up and get more oxygen in there […]

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Steps to Rain Harvesting

Steps to Rain Harvesting-Part 1 Determine your intention: Why harvest rain water: To use in the garden Dispersed under gravity Pumped Connected into your existing irrigation system To use in your home Supplying water to the washing machine Supplying water to the toilets Supplying water into the whole house Used as a water reserve Determine the quantity of water required and in what season Determine the gutter outlets (and square meters roof) available to harvest rain water Determine your rain harvest potential: Roof area available (eg: 100m2) Annual rain fall in […]

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sustainable living

Can we rely on our government providing us with basic services like security, energy, water and food?

Does living sustainability also mean being independent in our primary needs from government? As it is, many people are already hiring their own security services, investing in solar energy and more recently investing in their own water security by harvesting, storing and purifying rain water to reuse in their homes. The next frontier now may very well be producing their own food. An efficient government/producer providing these primary services in large qualities of scale should be able to do so very cost efficiently. Logic would dictate that smaller individual installations […]

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leaking irrigation sprinkler valve

Is your irrigation system leaking?

It’s not unusual to find a water meter registering flow even though all the taps are off. This can be attributed to your irrigation systems solenoid valves leaking. Unfortunately it is not always easy to see if the solenoid values are leaking, as the water can exit the irrigation zone in an area that is not visible, and even small leaks over time become big bills. The best way to check for leaking values, is to first determine if your water meter registers flow when all the taps are off. […]

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Max shower flow rate 10 l/min, more regulations below…

Implemented water regulations, condensed summary. The City of Cape Town Council has approved the step up to Level 2 water restrictions in Cape Town, which will be implemented from 1 January 2016. Furthermore, residents will have to abide by the following, more stringent regulations: ·         No watering (e.g. using buckets) of a garden using potable water between 09:00 and 16:00. Facilities/customers making use of boreholes or other alternative sources are not exempt ·         No watering (e.g. using buckets) will be permitted within 24 hours of rainfall that provides […]

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mandatory water restrictions

Level 2 Water Restrictions, What It Means To You…

Water restrictions The City of Cape Town Council has approved Level 2 water restrictions, applicable from 1 January 2016. As we are situated in a water-scarce region, the City imposes Level 1 restrictions (10% water savings) at all times. Because the City’s dam levels are lower than the norm, Level 2 restrictions (20% savings) have been approved to preserve the long-term sustainability of the resource. 20% reduction water tariffs With Level 2 restrictions approved, customers will be charged from 1 January 2016 according to 20% reduction tariffs (water | sanitation) […]

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To hand wash or not to hand wash?

Water Rhapsody Atlantic: To hand wash or not to hand wash? When it comes to saving water, it seems some people firmly believe that the dishwasher is one of those things that need to be sacrificed. Too much water and energy is the argument. A new study firmly refutes this idea and revisits the debate on dishwashers. According to the study, London alone could save as much as 16 billion liters of fresh water a year if every household used a dishwasher instead of washing by hand, and as the […]

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