As of 17 July Stellenbosch Municipality, like the City of Cape Town, is subject to level 4B water restrictions. This means each person is restricted to the use of a total of 87 liters of potable water per day. This thus includes a person's total water use at work and at home.
“For a while now, Stellenbosch University has not irrigated its gardens. Exotic plant species are replaced by indigenous and endemic plants over a long period," says John de Wet, Manager: Environmental Sustainability at Facilities Management.
The University also does the following to save water:
- Water-permeable paving is used to allow rainwater to penetrate the soil and refill the underground aquifers.
- Landscaping is designed to maintain water and thus to absorb and save water.
- A limited amount of grey water is reused.
- Water-saving showerheads and toilets have been installed on campuses.
- Water leaks are continually tested and fixed.
- Rainwater is collected and reused.
- Water quality is monitored for pollution.
“Each and every staff member can play his/her part to save water. Here are a few things you can do to stick to your limit of 87 liters per person per day:"
- Shower for only two minutes and use water-saving showerhead. Limit the water if you take a bath.
- Collect your shower and basin water and re-use it to flush your toilet and use it in the garden.
- Do not defrost food under running water.
- Use a cup for brushing teeth or shaving. Do not leave the water running.
- Turn off the tap while you soap your hands to wash them.
- Wait for a full load before using your washing machine.
- Do your dishes by hand – this uses between 10 and 30 litres of water. A dishwasher uses between 40 and 75 litres of water per cycle.
- Report leaking taps, sprayers and other devices to (021) 808 4666.
For more information contact John de Wet at firstname.lastname@example.org or 021 808 9422.