Water conservation has become an essential practice in all regions of the world, even in areas where water seems abundant. And as we all know by now, Namibia’s natural bowels could run out any time soon, if you and I, the ordinary citizen does not adhere to even the most basic of water conservation methods at home.
Charity begins at home. As such, you’re not expected to save water at work or at school, or any other public environment, if you don’t already do it at home. They say it takes repetitive actions to form a habit. And the best habits Namibians need to form, like yesterday, especially Windhoek residents, are water conservation related.
Did you know that in addition to saving on your utility bills, water conservation also helps prevent, if not reduce water pollution in nearby water holes, such as rivers, lakes, etc.?
And did you also know that conserving water can also extend the life of your septic system by reducing soil saturation, and reducing any pollution due to leaks? Who knew! Overloading municipal sewer systems can also cause untreated sewage to flow to lakes and rivers. The smaller the amount of water flowing through these systems, the lower the likelihood of pollution. In some communities, costly sewage system expansion has been avoided by community-wide household water conservation.
So here’s another list of cooler and much easier, if not basic forms of water conservation methods you could use to save water at home. (Here’s to hoping you’ve been following the “water hacks” I post every Tuesday with the #TriviaTuesday hashtag.)
- Don’t use the toilet as an ashtray or wastebasket
Every time you flush a cigarette butt, facial tissue or other small bit of trash, five to seven gallons of water is wasted.
- Use your water meter to check for hidden water leaks
Read the house water meter before and after a two-hour period when no water is being used. If the meter does not read exactly the same, there is a leak.
- Insulate your water pipes
It’s easy and inexpensive to insulate your water pipes with pre-slit foam pipe insulation. You’ll get hot water faster plus avoid wasting water while it heats up.
- Rinse your razor in the sink
Pour [or fill the sink] some warm water in the sink when shaving. This will rinse your razor just as well as running water, with far less wastage of water.
- When washing dishes by hand, don’t leave the water running for rinsing
If your have a double-basin, fill one with soapy water and one with clean water to rinse. If you have a single-basin sink, gather washed dishes in a dish rack and rinse them with a spray device or a pan-full of hot water. Dual-swivel aerators are available to make this easier. If using a dishwasher, there is usually no need to pre-rinse the dishes.
- Don’t let the faucet run while you clean vegetables
Just rinse them in a stoppered sink or a pan of clean water.
Water conservation comes naturally when everyone in the family is aware of its importance and as basic as that may sound to most, still, the amount of ongoing water wastage is ridiculous in this country! Water-saving tips at home can and will make the biggest difference if we’re all on the same page about how dire the water situation in Namibia is. Charity begins at home. You’ve got this and God’s got you. #YouArePossible #IAmPossible #LetsBePossibleTogether