Celebrate Water, Together with Rajah

Celebrate Water, Together with Rajah

Celebrate Water, Together with Rajah

Water is one of our most precious resources. Not only is it responsible for keeping our planet alive but it provides for us too. And, with the recent drought in South Africa, it’s becoming increasingly important that we cherish water in every way that we can. World Water Day is an annual reminder of this. It is an opportunity to learn more about water-related issues, be inspired to tell others and take action towards a sustainable future.

The aim on World Water Day is to teach us that looking after our water supply does not only help prevent water shortages but provides us and our communities with a better quality of life. Not only that, but by reducing the amount of pollution in our water, we’re helping break the cycle of many dangerous diseases including Malaria, Bilharzia and Cholera.

So how can you make a difference? You can help conserve water and reduce water pollution by doing the following:

● Turn off the tap while brushing your teeth, shaving or soaping your hands. This helps prevent water shortages and reduces the amount of contaminated water that needs treatment.
● Take shorter showers and avoid taking regular baths.
● Avoid buying bottled water, where possible.
● Be careful about what you throw down your sink or toilet. Don’t dispose of paints, oils or other forms of litter down the drain.
● Use eco-friendly cleaning products. This reduces the contamination of water.
● Fix leaks and report public water leaks to your local municipality.
● Install water saving devices on taps, toilets, and showers.
● Bathe young children together.
● Put a brick in your cistern to reduce the amount of water used when flushing the toilet.
● Cut back on washing your towels and linen, where possible.
● Use a plugged sink to wash dishes instead of a running tap.
● Use less dish-washing liquid to reduce the need for rinsing – always remember that a little goes a long way.
● Use a plugged sink to rinse vegetables instead of a running tap. You can then use the water that you used to rinse fruit and veggies to water plants.
● Don’t use running water to defrost food.
● Purchase water-efficient appliances and water-saving devices.
● Take great care not to overuse pesticides and fertilisers. This will prevent runoff of the material into nearby water sources.
● Don’t throw litter into rivers, lakes or oceans.

Remember; it’s our smallest actions that will have the biggest impact, and the more we conserve water, the less chance of contamination of our fruit and vegetables. It is also important to remember that, if you’re growing your own delicious vegetables for the perfect sishebo, you should place a bucket outside during downpours – this will help to collect water for days when there is no rain.

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