Why Do We Fail To Save Water 3 of 3

Many South African municipalities have initiated measures to realise a reduction in the current potable water usage, yet we have consistently failed to meet these targets. The possible reasons behind the failure on our part can, amongst others, be attributed to:

1. The high start up costs already incurred by homeowners to plant and maintain gardens which they do not wish to lose due to water restrictions or drought.

2. Water is currently fairly inexpensive and as such there is no concerted effort on the population to save as it does not affect the homeowners pocket adversely. The price of water, like our electricity, is set to increase dramatically this year.

 

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In Cape Town alone there are more than 4000 homes utilising some form of grey water to irrigate their gardens. This is however small when compared to Santa Barbara in California (USA) Out a possible 180,000 households, 45% use grey water systems. We can match this in Cape Town, Durban, Johannesburg, Pretoria, Bloemfontein, Kimberly, Port Elizabeth and East London