Cape Town is finally realising that climate change is not a myth and that there is a real chance CoCT may have to turn the taps off within the next few months if we do not make a plan to use less water. We need to reduce to 50 litres per person per day, or end up queueing for 25l at a Point of Distribution.
So, if you’re a little late to the party, here is what you need to do:
Step 1. The water meter.
You cannot manage if you do not measure. Every good manager knows that. Find your water meter and read it. While you are at it, find the stopcock that you can use to shut off the water to your home; if a leak develops somewhere your side of the water meter. With the new punitive tariffs you could end up with a massive bill if you can’t shut your water off quickly. Your meter should either be just outside or inside your fence, usually in one corner of your property.
Set a daily reminder on your phone. Take a photo with your phone or jot down the meter reading at the same time each day. If you don’t know how to interpret the dials and numbers, read here. Create a daily water use log and not down the readings, your daily household usage and the usage per person. Stick that on your fridge or door where the whole house can see it. You should be well under 50 litres per person per day on average; if not, you need to take action quickly!