Major water shedding to be implemented: eThekwini Municipality - Should You Repair a Dripping Faucet?
The KwaZulu-Natal public have to brace themselves for the major water restrictions in most parts of the province.
Spokesperson for eThekwini Municipality Ednick Msweli says bulk water supplier Umgeni Water will implement the water shedding strategy to save water.
Msweli says the public should expect six to eight hours of no water a day. He says the implementation comes as the mother dam Hazelmere is experiencing a severe low level of water.
“The little bit of rain we had last night was not enough, in the case of Ethekwini. The Hazelmere dam is still very low, so therefore we are having to move to the next stage of curtailment,” said Msweli.
In addition, Msweli says Umgeni Water will have to cut more on the water supply as there is less water now left to distribute to the people.
This implementation means some areas may run out of water or otherwise less water will come out of the taps.
Drip. Drip. Drip.
It’s a sound most of us know all too well. Sooner or later, we encounter a dripping tap in our home. For some people, it’s a no brainer to replace it. One washer and some very simple plumbing maneuvers, and it’s all done.
But to others, it’s not all that simple. Some people just do not want to mess with taps, washers, and water supplies, period. Others have to get down into a nasty, bug-infested crawl space to reach the water shut-off valve. Whatever the reason, they’re not into the idea of doing it themselves.
In that case, it’s time to call a plumber.
How much does a dripping tap really waste?
I was ready to get down and do some serious calculating, but this being the information age, I figured someone on the Internet had already created a calculator for this one. And sure enough, after literally minutes of searching, I found this water-waste calculator. It rounds the numbers in the calculations, but the final outcome is spot on.
So, for this hypothesis, let’s go with one home and one dripping tap.
I’ll say that the average leaky tap drips once every two seconds. That makes 30 drips/minute, and...
Now imagine 3 or 4 taps are dripping on each persons property? Let's work together to save the last bit of water we have!!!