Category Archives: Water Supply

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Rain Harvesting for your toilet and washing machine

Now is the time to harvest your rain water and use it in your home. The simplest way to do this, is to use your harvested rain water in the toilet and washing machine. In this way you can cover two thirds of your house hold water usage during winter, the balance being your personal washing and drinking water. The basic requirements are: a roof a gutter system a down pipe and filter screen a water tank a small pump, pressure controller and filter and pipe work to connect it all […]

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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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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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Low dam levels

BIG 5 risks if supply fails

Water Researcher Anthony Turton calls them the big five. The risks that ordinary individuals are highly likely to encounter as water supply fails. The first is low pressure that will effect high-lying areas in reduced volumes and flows. The second are airlocks, and the third is sudden water loss due to system breakdown. Fourth is the ingress of dirty water into the pipe systems when a vacuum occurs as high-lying areas drain, and fifth is deteriorating water quality. This arises from the fact that up to 75 percent of our dams are […]

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