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Cape Town residents are finding creative ways to save water

Water restrictions have been beefed-up in the Mother City with dam levels effectively sitting at 29%.

Ned Doman Secondary School principal, Gwynne Philander. Picture: Lauren Isaacs/EWN.

CAPE TOWN - With Capetonians being warned almost daily to reduce water consumption, some residents have found creative ways to heed the call to cut their consumption of the precious resource.

Water restrictions have been beefed-up in the Mother City with dam levels effectively sitting at 29%.

An Athlone high school has implemented measures to ensure it uses as little municipal water as possible.

The municipality has highlighted Athlone as one of several suburbs where water consumption remains unacceptably high.

On entering Ned Doman Secondary School's admin block, one is greeted with a poster reading: “If every Capetonian saves 1 drop, that makes 3.7 million drops”.

It’s an appeal the school is taking very seriously.

Education around water saving is just one of the measures the school has taken to do its bit to reduce water consumption.

Principal Gwynne Philander says teachers are helping to raise awareness by discussing the issue during natural science lessons.

“We talk to kids about using water sparingly, like when brushing their teeth or flushing every second time when the water is ‘yellow mellow’.”

In addition to this, the school has two 5,000 litre tanks on its premises used to store rain water to maintain its gardens. The institution also uses borehole water.

Meanwhile, a hairdresser and mosque are doing their bit to save water.

Sataar Parker at the historic mosque in Athlone says the jama'ah, or congregation, has committed to reducing washes before daily prayers.

“Because we pray five times a day we need to take ablution five times a day. But with the water crisis, it’s only necessary to wash compulsory parts.”

Almost 10 kilometres away, a Claremont hair salon is doing its bit to save water.

Owner Mark Timms says his secret is leave-in conditioner.

“We started by changing the watering shower heads. We use a shampoo and then a leave-in conditioner. The average we save is 110 litres per day just on men’s hair.”

City officials have renewed calls to residents and industry to reduce water consumption and adhere to level 3b restrictions.

(Edited by Shimoney Regter)

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