Day Zero: How can Cape Town locals help save Water in Cape Town’s Water Drought Crisis & what the City of Cape Town are doing to make sure Day Zero never happens.

Washing machine water for flushing the Toilet.

Tip: Re-use the excess / used Grey water  that comes from the washing machine and store it in 5L water bottles.
You can use this Grey Water for flushing your toilet.

Something worth knowing: Modern designed Toilet systems sometimes have two flush options. (usually for number 1 and number 2 if you know what I mean). Option one flushes around 4-5 litres and option 2 takes 6+ litres. (after testing personally the process for 2 weeks).

Washing Machine pipe that expels Grey Water

How to get the Washing Machine Grey water to your Toilet flush system?

An average 5 year old washing machine uses about 110L of water in one full wash cycle.  If you going to capture this water, that means you may need buckets that equate to 110L (unless you emtpy and refill the buckets during a washload).

1 wash  cycle consists of the washing machines injecting and then releasing water on two seperate occasions. Which means if you hav a 50L bucket, you would have to empty it and then await the next 50L water expulsion from the washing machine.

There is a Pipe that runs out of the bathroom that leads to an outside drain. Its a free flowing water pipe which means you can manually move it in the direction of a bucket that is inside the bathroom.

Capture the Grey Water. Having many buckets and Bottles on hand as it can easily overflow (the washing machine releases alot of water)

On the 1st attempt at this, watch your washing machine closely. In a 1 hour wash cycle, @ 37 minutes to-go, the 1st lot of water was released (that I needed to capture).
@ 19 minutes to-go the 2nd 50L water release took place.

NB: The figures used are pure estimates and based on how many 5L water bottles I managed to fill.

When the 1st release of water happens, or when you finally collect the water destined for your toilet flush system, ensure to Filter the water with a good quality Siff (filter). You don’t want to destroy and clog up your toilet!

Remember; you may have no idea about the exact amount of water the washing machine will use at 1st, you may also have no idea when its due to expel water unless you watch it.

Water Saving Tip : Store Grey water in 5L water bottles and store beside the toilet for quick refill before flushing
Water Saving Tip
A modern style toilet stores around 10L – 15L of water. Here is an example for a toilet with 2 flush functions. Using the weaker function can be sufficient. you should then automatically save 1.5L – 4L per flush.

example: *15 litres per person x 4 = 60 litres saved a day.
60 litres x 30 days = 1800 litres per month just by using your excess washing machine water.

An obvious one but still needs to be practiced to reap the rewards:
Catch rain water in buckets and store in bottles to water plants at a later stage.

Invest in a Water Tank; go as large as you can afford.

We all self-aware and don’t want to be the owner of a property responsible for abusing water.
Some households simply contain more people so more extreme measures may need to be followed to adhere to the water regulations at the moment.

Stock up on fresh sealed still water (around R16 per bottle). Buy 5 – 10 bottles per month just incase this water situation gets serious. Even if the drought ends, you will still have fresh bottled water for a year.

Reduce long showers; invest in a multi-function shower head which can offer mist options, especially for times when you adding soap to your body and don’t need the shower running on full blast but also don’t want to get sick after potentially turning off the shower to save water.

In the extreme case of Day Zero ; invest in a portable shower bag (pressure shower).
You can use your fresh purchased water after heating it up in a kettle and mixing it with some room temperature water. Many of these portable showers also have a solar energy warning design.

Avoid using a tap at all costs: Go to a local store like Spar or Pick n Pay, they often sell fresh water at R2 per lite if you have your own bottle. (this water can’t last long as the bottle was not properly sealed, but is fine for day to day usage)
Other general Tips to Save Water on a day to day basis:
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What is the City of Cape Town doing to make sure Day Zero does not happen?

The water crisis has been infamously trending for months. We (Cape Town) have known about the decline in rain for the last few years and while residents play their part in saving, the actions taken by those whom govern the land ultimately plays the biggest role.
Good News for the Cape Town Water Drought:
Talks and the testing phase has been initiated to drill into the Cape Flats Aquifer.

“This is the first in the history of the City of Cape Town that we’re going to drill for water and extract that water that’s been there for millions of years”

Mayor; Patricia De Lille comments while visiting the site of the planned drill in Michelle’s plane last week. x

Concern of what may really be going on, the Real reason Cape Town is experiencing a drought so soon. “footage from Adam Spires – Wannabe Vlogger” . Quick video on facts about how much of Cape Town’s water supply is being fed to farms around the country to produce chocolate, cheese and various consumables.

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