BY CAMILIA DU PLOOY
This year has taught us not to take anything for granted. With loadshedding becoming part of our everyday planning, and the more recent drought and water shortage we faced, it is definitely the time to look towards the future and to ensure that we are prepared. As the governments were forced to restrict water usage, and with us not knowing what we could face in 2016, it is time to adopt alternative solutions as we did with solar power earlier this year.
Water is a precious natural resource and we all use it on a daily basis. Water conservation needs to be a way of life and not just something we think about when we are forced to. If we all try and save a little water, we can make a huge difference for the environment and the generations that follow. Although doing your bit around the house by checking for dripping taps or water leakages is of the utmost importance, it is perhaps time to broaden our focus and investigate systems which could make a drastic and immediate difference. “Adding alternative water preservation systems to your home will not only guarantee you a quality life in future, but also a insure return on investment increasing your home’s market value” noted Craig Hutchison, CEO of Engel & Völkers Southern Africa.
Invader plants and trees
With recent changes in the property law, regulations stipulate that when there is a change of ownership, the seller must disclose to the buyer, in writing, prior to the conclusion of a sale whether there are alien and invasive species on the property. The buyer also has an obligation, however, as soon as he becomes the new owner, to obtain a permit in his own name for any alien plant species on his property. The CARA regulations refer to 198 invasive alien plants, to find a full list of band species use this helpful website: www.sanbi.org
Greywater is an alternative water source, and is deﬁned as the “waste” water generated from showers, baths, bathroom basins and from the washing machine. If this greywater is properly treated it can be recycled and re-used again and again. Greywater is channelled into big containers with a filtration system on the outside of your home. Greywater does not include water from the toilets, kitchen / scullery sinks or dishwasher. This water is classiﬁed as black water, which is un-recyclable.
“The installation of a greywater harvesting system is best handled by a professional. JoJo Tanks have a list of preferred suppliers on their website: www.jojotanks.co.za” said Grant Neser, Managing Director, JoJo Tanks.