South Africa is a water scarce region, with the Western Cape hit this year by the worst drought in a century. After a year of calls to reduce water usage, consumption didn't decrease as much as it should, and the dam levels didn't increase. Day Zero (the predicted date when municipal water will run out) is now an unsettling reality.
There's only one reason to save: when there's no more water left, all taps will run dry.
Two of the approaches we follow to save water is at our business and in our communities.
1) At our business
2) In our communities
Shoprite is a business that is committed to Act For Change in the communities where we trade and therefore have taken the responsibility to find innovative ways to help everyone through the water crisis.
Tell us what you are doing to save water! Share your ideas with us on social media.
Join the conversation on social media and spread the message: #ActForChange and #SaveWater.
Three social media channels to follow for news about water:
Water-saving tips for the four places where the most water is most often used:
1) At the office
The amount of water allocated to each person during water restrictions is for your overall water usage - at home and at the office.
Do your part to save water even when you are not at home. Encourage colleagues to adapt their water use. Don't waste water, consider alternative options like waterless hand sanitizers. And you don't need to wash your cup each time you have coffee.
The City of Cape Town has shared some interesting tips to save water in your bathroom.
Use the City of Cape Town's Think Water Calculator. Saving starts with knowing how much you use - this calculator will help you check your current water consumption.
For the uninitiated, practicing water conservation can seem a bit daunting at first, but concentrating and applying your mind will quickly turn it into a habit.