EMPACC South Africa May 2019 Vol 1

Welcome
Have you ever wondered what our world would be like if we did not have any water? This thought could soon become a reality for animals if humans continue to use this resource without making any lifestyle changes.

World forums predict that the wild animals we know today have a great chance of becoming extinct in the next 50 years. They base their predictions on the human water consumption rate in comparison to the rate of the available resource. This rate is growing by the second.

Now take a moment and realize that in fifty years from now our grandkids won’t know what a turtle is or what an elephant is, for the matter. Game reserves and wildlife parks will run dry. We live in a world where we take things for granted.

Water is at our disposal whenever we need it and we use it in the same manner. Wild animals on the other hand do not have this privilege, they are constantly in search of drinking water. So how does our drinking water affect animals, one may ask because it never stops raining…

To answer this question, it affects the animals in a few ways. Towns’ infrastructures were designed to discharge all waste water or water that runs out of taps into the sea, along with all other human waste. Now that the sea is so contaminated by centuries of this discharge, the realization is that , we need to put back the water we use into the earth. How does one now take on this huge challenge?

It all begins at home
The water that we use daily can be recycled and reused for as long as we possibly need. The cycle starts the moment the tap is opened to where it eventually goes. Presently it goes into the sewer. We need to intervene and stop this water from getting lost in the sewer. How do we do this?

Install a catchment
All water used by hand and by machine excluding the kitchen and dishwasher can be caught in a catchment of some sort. We all know that there are tanks available, but any type of catchment will do. The aim of the catchment is to either channel the water into your toilets for flushing or alternatively filtered into the garden. The second option is the environmentally friendly way because that water will eventually find itself back into the rivers which will someday ensure that our grandkids see elephants and turtles.

The water that goes back into the ground ends up in the rivers and streams. Animals depend on this water to survive.

1. There are countless benefits to installing catchment at home or at work. We can grow our own vegetables and flowers. The butterflies, birds and bees love flowers, and we love our vegetables (okay, some of us)
2. Our showers, washing machines and bath taps are enough of resource to recycle or reuse to sustain ourselves and our environment.

Suggestions at home
• For those that drink water, using one glass to drink water from daily saves you from washing glasses over and over again
• Little kids can shower together instead of separately, they would love that.
• Turn of the water when you shampoo saves 550 litres of water a week
• Lastly, a 5 minute shorter shower saves you close to 4000 litres a month

Contact information
If you need any advice on how to save water at home or at work kindly contact me, I will gladly assist you in whichever way that I can.

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