Be water wise this summer with Riverfields

  • 12 December 2016 | Carla de Klerk

With water restrictions still in full force in Ekurhuleni, many families may wonder how they can beat the hot months of summer, with restrictions that include no watering of gardens during the day, no use of hosepipes for outdoor purposes, and no filling of swimming pools.

To combat the current drought, the City of Ekurhuleni has implemented water rationing and restrictions in an effort to save water and reduce daily average water consumption by 15%, as is required by the Department of Water and Sanitation.

Not only will offenders pay some hefty fines if they don’t play their part by adhering to the water restrictions, but the whole area might have water supplies shut off completely between 10am and 3pm if goals aren’t met. But have no fear – the Riverfields team has you covered with top tips to be water wise the summer.

(Image: Topserwer)

Top tips on how to save water:

  • If you are worried about keeping your garden green and healthy, only water plants early in the morning or late afternoon with a watering can. Did you know that if you water your garden in the heat of the day (between 10am and 3pm), up to 90% of the water will evaporate, not only wasting valuable drops but leaving your garden dry
  • To keep your green fingers happy, why not explore plant options that do not require much water? Cacti are, of course, an obvious idea, but you can also explore veggies like spinach or tomatoes – ultimately saving on your grocery budget, too
  • Since restrictions do not allow swimming pools to be refilled, buy an impermeable pool cover that will reduce water evaporation when the pool is not in use
  • After a long day in the sun, shower instead of taking a bath. Did you know bathing uses almost five times more water than showering? Another great idea is to use a bucket to catch the cold water as the shower is heating up. This can then be used to water the garden
  • Be proactive when there is a thunderstorm/rain and collect rainwater. Water tanks for this can be bought at most major hardware stores, and are a great resource to water the garden or even wash your car on dry days

Sources: City of Ekurhuleni