Wise up and Water down

Wise up and Water down

Here at Simply we always try to see the bigger picture, and for all South Africans – not just the ones in the Mother City – that picture has WATER SHORTAGE graffiti’d all over it. In all the talk of ‘the new normal’ it’s clear that saving water is no longer an option – every one of us needs to wise up and water down. But, humans are humans – in the face of seemingly overwhelming challenges, we tend to shut down and freeze, making change very difficult. So, to bring some lightness into the conversation, here are 15 alternative ways you can help save water. Some are more radical than others, but whether you’re a water vigilante counting every drop, or a water warrior who could be doing more, we hope these tips offer some inspiration:

  1. Eat 2-minute noodles. Turn the microwave on and jump in the shower. Get out when you hear the ‘ping!’ You’ll save water and have supper ready when you’re done. Don’t shower with the microwave, though. Seriously.

  2. Shower with a friend. Ask their permission first. #ShowYourLove for the #PeopleYouLove

  3. Shower with your clothes. Clothes need washing? Get them into the shower cubicle with you. They’re not as talkative as friends, but that might suit you. Put the clothes in a basin and stand in the basin while you shower. Then, when you’re done, finish washing the clothes and use the water to flush the loo.

  4. Wee in the garden. This is more attractive to men, but we all need to do our part.

  5. Wee in the shower. You may think it’s gross but

    • you’ve done it before, haven’t you?
    • it’s actually more hygienic that weeing in the toilet. Just don’t do it when you’re showering with your clothes. Or a friend. Or you’re collecting grey water.
  6. Stop shaving. A beard is no longer simply a hipster badge of honour, it’s a statement that says: ‘I care about saving water, as well as obscure Japanese garage punk.’

  7. Be posh. In Elizabethan England the upper class only bathed every couple of weeks, and they still had lots of friends.

  8. Go camping. Bring the outdoors in – get the whole family to have a camping mindset at home. Wash with a bucket, a cloth and soap. Wee in the garden (see above). Wash your hair once a week. Then, make chocolate bananas on the fire and tell ghost stories.

  9. Be a good boy/girl and finish your water. When you go out to eat, don’t order water unless you intend to drink it. And when you do order it, make sure you finish.

  10. Show off your lovely mug. Instead of ordering your coffees-on- the-run in takeaway containers, get yourself a travel mug you love and have your caffeine kick served in that instead. ‘But I recycle my takeaway cups!’ you say. Well, that is great, and recycling certainly uses less water than producing virgin material, but reusing needs no water at all

  11. Experiment with the art of blending. At home or in the office, resist the temptation to get a new mug every time you make tea or coffee, or a new glass every time you get water. Become interested in the complexities of flavour that develop when you use the same mug more than once. It’s how baristas and winemakers think, and everyone knows how cool they are.

  12. Drink espresso. It looks cooler and it requires less water. Yes, a latte is made with milk, not water, but what do you think those dairy cows are drinking?

  13. Better yet, drink tea. Once one includes the water costs of crop production, coffee uses almost 10 times more water than tea.

  14. Count your calories. It takes a lot of water to produce food, some foods more than others. Beef requires more water than chicken, plums need more water than oranges. Grab a cup of tea and spend some time online researching the water footprint of your signature potato bake, or your favourite steak. The results will surprise you.

  15. Drink beer. It requires a little less water than wine. That is all.

The underwriter of this policy is Old Mutual Alternative Risk Transfer Limited (OMART) a registered long-term insurer.

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