As of April 2018, the Vaal Dam is 100% full. The recent rains over the northern part of the country belie the fact that, essentially, South Africa is a dry country. This was echoed by government authorities, who warned consumers to use water sparingly in light of the impending winter and the water crisis in Cape Town. This may seem ridiculous, given the dam levels, but the 2015/16 drought was the worst ever recorded in the history of South Africa, since rainfall measurements began in the mid- to late-1800s.
When Durban was hit by massive floods in 1987, the four water pipes that served large parts of the city were severed by a deluge of water, ironically, cutting off fresh supplies to the country’s third-largest metro area. Residents came up with a little rhyme to remind them to use less water: “If it’s yellow let it mellow; if it’s brown flush it down.” The very notion sounds rather gross, but the average toilet cistern uses 25 litres of water every time you flush. If you consider that Cape Town residents have been restricted to just 50 litres a day per person, that’s only 2 flushes!
Part of Tedcor’s mandate is to not just recycle waste, but also conserve water. In a future blog we will be sharing how you can make better use of your grey water.