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En die reën wil nie kom nie …

Ons omgewing raak nou droër by die dag, terwyl ons vol hoop na Boontoe kyk. Die boere kry swaar, veevoer moet ten duurste aangekoop word en daar is boere wat al veeverliese gehad het. Die dorp (Somerset-Oos) was die afgelope naweek gelukkig om lekker reën te kry wat gewissel het tussen 24 – 30mm.

Die distrik was egter nie so gelukkig nie. Die reënweer het gepaardgegaan met skerp afkoeling en die winterkleertjies moes weer opgediep word.

Die Vrystaat en verder noord was gelukkig om goeie reëns te kry, maar nog baie reën is nodig om die waternood wat landswyd heers, te verlig. Die watervlakke van die groot damme is nog steeds skrikwekkend laag. Ons moet maar deurgaans daarop bedag wees om water spaarsamig te gebruik. Water is ‘n uiters kosbare kommoditeit en wat nie “nagemaak” kan word nie.

Voorgeslagte het geglo dat die somerreëns eers in die noorde val, en dan suidwaarts begin sprei. Wel, die noorde se reën het begin, so hou net moed, ons beurt kom.

Water Saving Tips

  • Reduce water consumption
  • Turn-off the tap while brushing teeth, shaving or soaping hands.
  • Take shorter showers and use less water if you bath.
  • Sweep outside areas instead of hosing with water.
  • Use eco-friendly soaps and cleaning products.
  • Fix leaks at home & report public water leaks to the Municipality.
  • Always use a plugged-sink or bowl instead of a running tap.
  • Insulate hot water pipes to reduce time waiting for water to heat up.
  • Install water saving devices on taps, toilets, showers & sprinklers.

Car

  • Wash your car with a bucket and sponge only.
  • Use a hosepipe with a self-closing nozzle to wash your car.
  • Use a commercial car wash that recycles water.

Bathroom

  • Shower instead of bath.
  • Use less water in the bath.
  • Bathe young children together.
  • Put a brick in your cistern to reduce.
  • Install a low-flow shower-head.
  • Install a dual flush mechanism on your toilet.
  • Install a geyser blanket for insulation.
  • Insulate the copper pipes around the geyser.

Kitchen

  • Only turn the dishwasher on when it’s full.
  • Use a plugged sink to wash dishes instead of a running tap.
  • Use less dish-washing liquid to reduce the need for rinsing.
  • Use a plugged sink to rinse vegetables instead of a running tap.
  • Use the water you used to rinse fruit and veggies to water plants.

Plants & Garden

  • Learn about water-wise gardening.
  • Water plants at the coolest part of the day.
  • Group plants together that have the same water requirements.
  • Water plants with the water you used in the kitchen to rinse fruit and veggies.
  • Choose local indigenous water-wise plants for your home and garden.
  • Adjust sprinklers to water plants and not the pavement.
  • Cover your pool so the water doesn’t evaporate.
  • Check your pool for leaks.
  • Put self-closing spray-nozzles on hosepipes.

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