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How You Can Save Water and or Recycle it

Updated on June 27, 2012

South Africa A Drought Plagued Nation

On reading HubSub Urban Mom's Hub on draught in California, I am reminded of the plight we in South Africa have every so often, as in the bible sometimes we had that seven year spells.

Even if we are not susceptible to draughts, that is no excuse for not using it wisely, and conservation also means recycling water usage.

Every person can make a difference and be aware of their usage, being aware makes one receptive in the ways that we can actually get a second usage, particuluarly those of us that are fortunate to live in houses.

Keeping your Garden Green

The major area, that always, affects us is our gardens, not so. We have spent a lot of time effort and money to have our gardens. Some of us, I can think of several Hubers, that do have gardens, both flower abd vegetable gardens.

It is a form of relaxation, as well as for the vegetables, indeed is a major source of cost savings.

What some of us have done

We have all gone through the same gambits of what we can and wont do.

On the lighter side

Shower with your significant other half, it saves water and brings you closer together!

But on the more serious side, none of us really want to have restrictions imposed on us becouse the Powers. The Powers are the ones to blame, becouse of their lack of forsight and budgetary cutbacks, have not foreseen this situation, we need to do something and we have to pay for it, one way or another.

So what do we do

In South Africa, all of our water outlets from the house, with the exception of the water closets, toilets, come out and run into a drain. This in turn then runs down and joins up with the sewerage, and goes in for recycling, like all the civilised countries in the world.

Now these outlet pionts are accessible, so that you can unblock them if neeeds be. The diameter of this is the same size, over here, as a creepy crawly, or some such pool cleaners.

Why all the preamble, i will tell you.

Connect a creepy crawly hose to all of your water outlets, on the other end , take a pair of used socks, panty hose or even an old flour bag, and attach it a hose clamp.

The hoses can be laid out to water, were you need it.

By using the outlets from the washing Machines and dish washers, and routing them to your vegie patch, you will find a lot less pests and insects on your vegies,

So you then are making good use of your water.

Less of it going wasted.

The sock, panty hose or material

That was to capture any of the solid and fatty deposits that cane down with the water.

This then you simply empty and replace or rinse out and re use, as frequently as possible.

The other advantage of using those plastic hoses is that firstly you dont have to get something special as cracked and leaking hoses work fine, secondly if your friends and neighbours do not have a pool, you can pass over your surplace.

In the end this is some plastic that wont ed up in the land fill.

An eco friendly hub

Tips for Saving Water

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    • Just_Rodney profile imageAUTHOR

      Rodney Fagan 

      8 years ago from Johannesberg South Africa, The Gold Mine City

      Equealla, Thanks for your advice, this hub was written a year or so ago, and having read your article on growing vegies I may very well combine the two and see what happens. May even do a photo blog on it.

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      8 years ago from Pretoria, South Africa

      We have a lodge on a pininsula, and there is no water. The water is brought by boats. Rainwater are caught in reservoirs during rainseason. The veggie garden uses the water as you explain it above.

      I have read extensively about this, and found that a lot of places in the world deem this practice of using grey water on properties in towns, as illegal,

      They cannot control it though, too many people are trying to save on the bills. A way to purify this water is let it run into a small pond, first, planted with reeds. The reeds apparantly, will purify the water. There are various plans on the search engines, as how to do it.

    • Just_Rodney profile imageAUTHOR

      Rodney Fagan 

      10 years ago from Johannesberg South Africa, The Gold Mine City

      Thanks all, even though at the present we have water, that is, those who doenot currently have a draght, we shaould always try to conserve our valuable resource, namely water.

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      Clive Fagan 

      10 years ago from South Africa

      Good Hub Useful advice

    • Karen Ellis profile image

      Karen Ellis 

      10 years ago from Central Oregon

      Great idea. We do need to learn how to recycle our own water - and save a little money in the process.

    • Just_Rodney profile imageAUTHOR

      Rodney Fagan 

      10 years ago from Johannesberg South Africa, The Gold Mine City

      Thanks there Gregory

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      10 years ago from Illinois

      Good advice.


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