Water Wise Watch: December 2019

This month at Water Wise

A season to be jolly!

The festive season is here and the excitement is already in the air. Although the festive season is filled with nothing but joy and happiness, if not planned properly, it can hit one's pocket really hard. It is always advisable to plan ahead in terms of buying gifts and saving money to get through the month.

There are many ways to save money during the festive season, some of which include creating a budget  if you have not done so already or finding products on sale. However, have you ever heard of the phrase 'save water, save money'? One might not consider this as a common way of saving money but it is possible. Saving water in your house hold can help to reduce your water bill.

This December, challenge yourself to saving big on water and money. You can start by calculating your water use using the newly developed Water Wise calculator which you can find by clicking the link: http://calculator.waterwise.co.za. Do not forget to visit our website for more information and tips on saving water.The Water Wise family would like to wish you a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!

Water Wise Events

The Johannesburg International Flower Show

Water Wise embarked on a project of building an educational Water Wise garden at the Johannesburg International Flower Show held from 30 October to 3 November 2019. The garden showcased the use of different hydro-zones in a garden to save water by making sure you are watering plants to their specific needs.  The Water  Wise garden  was awarded  a bronze  medal/certificate.  Below  is the image  of the garden (on the left) and an image of the certificate awarded to Water Wise (on the right).

World Toilet Day Celebration

Water Wise celebrates selected environmental  days with the internal staff members at Rand Water in order to spread the awareness concerning environmental and water conservation issues.

On 19 November 2019, the Water Wise team celebrated World Toilet Day at Rand Water's head offices with a theme of "leaving no one behind". The focus was on sanitation and ways of saving water in the toilet system. Below are some of the of the images taken on the day.

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Water and environmental news
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Gauteng outlines ambitions for climate change mitigation

"Unveiled at the third Gauteng Climate Change Indaba, held in Pretoria, the plan identifies
14 areas of focus to build a climate resilient and low-carbon Gauteng economy."

Lesotho Highlands Water Project tunnel to be refilled

"After a two-month shutdown for inspections and maintenance work, the Lesotho Highlands Water Project (LHWP) tunnel is being replenished with water, the Department of Water and Sanitation (DWS) announced on Wednesday."

Hammanskraal water crisis hits elderly hardest

"Elderly and unemployed people are the hardest hit by the Hammanskraal water crisis as water tankers only deliver once a week. Some residents in the greater Hammanskraal area, north of Pretoria, claim to have been without water for up to two weeks."

Cape Town dam levels: Western Cape breaks new ground

"Unseasonable and recent rains have continued to boost our dams across the Western Cape. The latest average dam level for the Western Cape is 66% and the City of Cape Town dams are on average 83.3% full."

 

Zwartkopjies weather

Our weather station is currently under maintenance and weather data is unavailable. We apologise for the inconvenience. In the interim, have a look at the weather forecast for South Africa, courtesy of the South African Weather Service, by clicking on the image below.  

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