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Grey Water is Good Water

Grey Water is defined as water from baths, showers, hand basins and the laundry. Strangely, the name comes from its colour, but in all seriousness, the re-use of this source of water (until twenty years ago) was unheard of.  Here are six of very serious reasons for making use of grey water. Grey water as a source of irrigation water is not subject to water restriction. Even in times of drought – gardens need not go brown. Grey water is troublesome in sewers. A sewer full of a mixture of […]

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Water Saving is Money Saving

If you have a garden, this article is particularly relevant to you. If you have nothing but one toilet and a tiny bath, you still need to pay attention… According to Dr Ronnie McKenzie, managing director of the engineering company Water Resource Planning, South Africa is overdue for drought. It’s coming and we all need to take a serious look at our own usage. To avoid the hassle of your garden going brown due to water restrictions or an astronomical water bill when prices increase, keep reading. Take a moment […]

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Reuse Your Grey Water!!!

Final Report The Ecological status of the Wetlands of the Noordhoek Valley. By Bryan Davies and Anja Gassner Report to the Catchment Management section of the Cape Metropolitan Council January 13, 1999 This excerpt from the report starts on page 50, Paragraph 7.5.6, (quoted verbatim) 7.5.6 Water re-use/recycling It is a given that South Africans use expensive potable water, wastefully, necessitating the construction of large complex and very expensive water supply schemes.  Such supply schemes have a profound ecological and social cost of which the public is lamentably unaware.  The […]

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SA will reach the maximum consumption its water resources can sustain within about five years

Stafford Thomas Thursday, 18 Nov 2010 “SA will reach the maximum consumption its water resources can sustain within about five years” SA is running out of water at an alarming pace, warns Engineering Council of SA vice-president Thoko Majozi. “SA will reach the maximum consumption its water resources can sustain within about five years,” he stresses. His warning is backed by a study reported in the SA Journal of Science this year which found that 98% of surface water is already allocated for use. There are simple, inexpensive solutions that […]

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Greywater and Rainwater Harvesting

Everyday millions of people, like you, wake up and take a hot shower before starting their day. Some take an evening bath to wind down and relax while they soak in the tub. Daughters enjoy the luxury of a long wash while attending to their locks. For young children bath time is still a game of how to get you wet. The bathroom tap runs while teeth are brushed, hands are washed and beard are shaved. Family loads of washing flood the laundry daily. An average four person household sends […]

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We are told “Broken sewerage works info not for the public”

INFORMATION on hundreds of dysfunctional sewerage plants will not be made public, the government said yesterday. In a written reply to parliamentary questions, Water and Environmental Affairs Minister Buyelwa Sonjica said revealing such information could lead to “serious misinterpretation” . “What is available and was published … in the 2009 Green Drop Report, is the summary of the performance of each of the 449 WWTWs (waste water treatment works) that were assessed,” she said. The Green Drop Report – an audit of 449 of South Africa’s 852 municipal WWTWs, conducted […]

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