As we wait with bated breath for the exact moment ‘Day Zero” creeps upon us, bathing has inevitably come under intense scrutiny as a contributor to water wastage. However, for many folk living in the driest corners of South Africa, Day Zero is an everyday reality. These residents have had to become resilient, yet through the recycling of grey-water, they have been able to spread this precious resource far and wide.
In our previous article, we shared our safest methods for maintaining your DADOquartz bathroom fittings. Within our Blog, we aim to add our voice to issues that expand beyond luxury bathtubs into promoting responsible bathwater usage and respecting this finite resource.
At DADO, we receive a lot of feedback, tips and occasionally some concerns about bathwater consumption. In this article, we offer a few suggestions on how to best utilize the remaining bath water in your tub (known as grey-water) after each use. While Day Zero has gladly been pushed further out to 9th July at the time of writing (Source: EWN), we don’t need to wait for emergency plans to be drawn up by municipalities in order to get real about the situation. We are the enforcers of change and with a few daily water-hacks prioritizing sensible bathwater re-usage, we may never have to face that ominous day when the cities turn off their taps!
Reuse Grey-Water for other Household Chores
Considering the water restrictions that are being enforced, grey-water is far too precious to just throw down the drain. From now on, consider Grey-Water as ‘water you can use twice’. With bathwater providing a proportionate amount of our daily water usage, salvage what you need and consider using it to clean your floors and windows. Other uses extend to; watering household plants and handwashing clothes. Remember to use the bathwater in hygienic ways and take necessary steps to minimize any risk of contamination.
Reuse Bathwater to keep your Garden in full Bloom.
Nothing raises the ire of suburbia more than sprinklers in full flow during an extended dry season. If you still have an old watering can that is stowed away in the garage, fill it up with your bath’s grey-water and tend to your grass and garden plants without connecting to any water mains. Not only does it promote responsible water-recycling, it may inspire your neighbors to change their habits and avoid stepping onto that ‘naughty list’ of Cape Town’s biggest water-wasters.
Share the same Bathwater amongst Family Members.
DADO products are made of DADOquartz which means not only is it luxuriously smooth and silky, its full-bodied solid structure means exceptionally high heat retention. This means, your daily bath will stay warm for longer and can be enjoyed by more than one user. While it is not an ideal prospect for everyone and may involve tough decisions on who gets the ‘first dip’, it is a fantastic initiative to reduce your daily water consumption. Furthermore, the grey-water can be recycled for the household and garden chores mentioned above.
Bathwater Reusage NoNo’s
While grey-water sourced from the bathtub is relatively clean, it can contain chemicals and bacteria which may be harmful to your children and pets. There are a number of clear instances where grey-water should not be used in the household. These include;
- Drinking (including Pets)
- Brushing your Teeth
- Food preparation and Handling.
Needless to say, try and reuse your warm bathwater as soon as possible. Apart from avoiding a lurking smell, it stops bacteria from multiplying and becoming a risk to your garden and home. If you have any further grey-water tips, we’d love to hear about them Feel free to share them, either with the Team directly, or by posting on our Facebook Page
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