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Things you thought you’d never hear yourself say to your kids

… and then you found yourself living in Cape Town in the Summer of 2018:
1. WHO flushed the toilet???
2. WHY did you flush the toilet??
3. Have I NOT told you to NEVER flush the toilet until it’s ABSOLUTELY necessary??
4. Please lick your plate clean!
5. We washed your hair a week ago, let’s give it a few more days …
6. No, you may definitely not shower/bath, you swam this afternoon!
7. PLEASE pee outside!
8. What are you doing washing your hands like that? Haven’t I told you to rather use the wet wipes?
9. Your face is fine, no need to wash it, nobody will notice the smear of Bovril on your chin.
10. You’d better finish all the water in your water bottle today, otherwise you’ll be drinking it again tomorrow!
11. Those shorts are just fine, one more mud or grass stain will not make a difference.
12. Let’s just leave these smelly socks that you’ve been wearing all day out in the sun for a while, shall we? They’ll be good to go again tomorrow!
13. You’d better not scratch your mozzie bites and leave blood spots on your sheets, your bedding isn’t due to be washed for at least another 3 weeks!
14. No, you cannot go to your friend’s house tomorrow afternoon, there’s 1mm rain predicted and we need everyone to be at home to catch it!

Have I left anything out? #CapeWaterCrisis #FindingHumour

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On 1/21/2018 at 4:56 PM, The Terrible Triplett said:

@(#*$&#!#$(%$&*@#!

Thanks Mark

The forced spending of monies has just blinked at me from the horizon.

I haven't had to fiddle with a washing machine in many years, but our top loader could be bucket fed and it worked fine. SO, here's an idea. Hook a pilot light (probably 220V, you need to check) to the circuit that operated the solenoid at the back (check the voltage of the solenoid, it's either 12V or 220V). Then disconnect the hose pipe and give it some water when the light comes on. Stop when the light goes out. Generally, a sensor would measure the weight of the tub to know when it's full enough. This obviously mean you would need to hang around while washing is done. 

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8 hours ago, SilverNodashi said:

I haven't had to fiddle with a washing machine in many years, but our top loader could be bucket fed and it worked fine. SO, here's an idea. Hook a pilot light (probably 220V, you need to check) to the circuit that operated the solenoid at the back (check the voltage of the solenoid, it's either 12V or 220V). Then disconnect the hose pipe and give it some water when the light comes on. Stop when the light goes out. Generally, a sensor would measure the weight of the tub to know when it's full enough. This obviously mean you would need to hang around while washing is done. 

I had a similar idea, a bit less invasive. This idea does not completely eliminate grid water use, but reduces it significantly. Put a water flow- or pressure sensor inside the water inlet. Pressure sensor would likely work best. Also put in a flow restrictor or close the feeding tap so there is very little flow. When the washing machine opens the valve, the pressure will drop rapidly due to the flow restriction. This signal can then be used to activate a low-voltage pump that feeds the content of a bucket/tank into the machine. For frontloaders, you merely insert the pipe into the soap-dispenser drawer around the area where the main water inlet jet is. The upside to such a setup, is that when the bucket runs empty (use a pump that doesn't mind running dry), it simply continues with municipal water. If you prefer to do your last rinse cycle with cleaner water, you can accomplish this by making sure the bucket(s)/tank only has enough water to complete the first cycle(s).

You could make many variations on this, you could leave out the pump, but make it sound a buzzer to remind you that the washing machine has to be minded (so you don't have to hang around all the time, but can still pour in the bucket of water).

But for now I still think my water-trolley idea is the neatest and simplest. A bit expensive, but no electronic wizardy required, build it with off-the-shelf components. Downside to this though: Water tank must not run empty. Bad for the pump (well, the pressure control unit on top should stop it if there is no flow, and so protect it), and then the washing machine can't finish.

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10 hours ago, SilverNodashi said:

SO, here's an idea.

Or I can just turn the tap off, to just dribble, and see what the washing machine and dishwasher do?

I don't want to spend more money that what is absolutely necessary for in best case it all becomes moot when the desalination is done on a large scale OR we do run dry and have to move.

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17 minutes ago, The Terrible Triplett said:

if it is for real before I make a joke

it looks real if you have a look at his other trash:

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3 minutes ago, shizuka said:

thank you so much for sharing..

@shizuka Hope that is meant sincere and that I have not upset anyone? ;)

So far I have made two rather upsetting post above, the pic above and the video, pushing the boundaries, I know.

See the vid below. I went ape, fearlessly so, and if I find those guys ... will name and shame them everywhere I can.

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having been slightly addicted to espionage novels, once read this - and it is quite applicable to some morons like above tweeter - when captured, give them a good meal with alcoholic beverages, i mean treat them real good on the food side [spicy/salty stuff]; then let them sleep BUT as soon as they wake up they will find themselves bound a little distance from a tap dripping into a bucket, obviously they can't reach the water, and that is where the 'nadors' becomes your best buddy... by the way, is not racist behaviour unconstitutional in this country??? or is that relative too?

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This lady, had the penny drop for here: https://brettfish.co.za/2018/01/24/day-zero-approaches-water-going-meet-shanas-realisation/#iLightbox[gallery20284]/null

I smiled at this: "... combine a shower, hair wash and condition, teeth wash and leg shave all just using 5l of water."

My sense of humour:
- Shower - wet wipes, you can afford it - R0l of water.
- Hair wash and conditioner - dry shampoo, you can afford it - R0l of water. OR shorter hairdo. 
-Teeth wash - swallow the water, ooo, you can't, toothpaste is bad for you, change that, you can afford it - R0l of water.
- Leg shave, electric shaver, you can afford it - R0l of water.
Total water used: ZERO!

BUT, she does highlight a EXTREMELY important matter: 
“However, we have set our own higher target of at least:
– one shared toilet to maximum of five households; and
– one tap to 25 households and within a maximum walking distance of 200 metres.”

Taking the above two things she realised, we are worlds apart. We being the affluent homes and the people living as above.

We scamper for saving a few liters, spend thousands on water tanks and systems, yet we are not even CLOSE to the above savings.

Therein the DA's plight, the inaction, the drawn out plans, the scrambling for solutions, not knowing what to say and what not, dealing with people worlds apart, different opinions, life experiences, expectations.

To merge the worlds of all living where water is a problem in the Western Cape, is a near impossible task without very strong single minded leadership, autocratic even, for we are nowhere CLOSE to "Unity Creates Power". 

And if ANYONE think it is just one group causing the problem, think carefully on that. There are idiots blatantly wasting precious drinking water in all the people groups making up the Western Cape.

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2 hours ago, gabriel said:

bound a little distance from a tap dripping into a bucket

Dude, dignity is in our constitution. You'd get smacked even harder than those doodkis guys (still don't know what the heck they were thinking 1) doing it, 2) filming it, 3) distributing the film...).

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In all fairness to the DA in CoCT, they do not have authority to supply bulk water. That is the responsibility of national government which is totally incompetant and crooked. If a cabinet minister thinks CapeTown is a foreign country, as has been reported in the media , any understanding of the serious consequences if they do not fullfil their statutory obligations will be a major miracle. So let us place the blame where it belongs.

Some years ago I saw photos of the dismal condition of a feeder canal from other rivers to the Voelvlei dam. It was only recently repaired by Water Affairs Dept. Likewise did they actively resist the building of the Bergriver dam which CoCT in desperation built and citizens have to pay the loans back. All this is according to what Helen Zille revealed at a public presentation recently. It is glaringly clear that DWA acted unconstitutionally in not taking steps to supply water in the Western Cape given that the excessive influx of people from the failed rest of the country is common knowledge. So it is not just Zuma that should be prosecuted. Which brings us to the much revered legacy of Nelson Mandela and that is the mess the nation suffers today which he and his political party bestowed on us.

What we now have to figure out is where to get water if the dams run dry. Massive desalination ala Dubai, with its 2.15 billion liters per day with vacuum flash evaporation using waste heat from the gas turbines of the electricity generators, is the only proven solution in the longer term. Meanwhile desalination by RO to augment whatever water remains in the dams, seems the only short term solution. And again we have to ask, where is DWA whose resposibility it is. Perhaps we should stop paying taxes and do our own thing to the point of seperating our province from the rest of RSA. The country is the product of Whitehall and the much despised colonialism after all.

Enough said, have a good weekend while there is still water around.

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1 hour ago, ebrsa said:

If a cabinet minister thinks CapeTown is a foreign country

apparently she did not say it BUT

it would have been totally in line with the president who can not count and believes africa to be larger than all the other continents together...

for those unfortunate who missed out on the 'fun'

https://youtu.be/lm1cuHMCMIg
https://youtu.be/BHFvlphCMqk

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2 hours ago, ebrsa said:

That is the responsibility of national government which is totally incompetant and crooked

The gunning of the DA is to distract and divide.

 

Cannot check the source, but it is a positive note:
 

Steven Underwood, a Capetonian who survived complete water shut offs many times while living in Gabarone has shared a positive and encouraging post on the current water crisis and looming “Day Zero” in Cape Town.

Perspective is everything.

As Cape Town hits level 6b water restrictions, I thought I would share a few observations from my time in drought affected Gaborone, where we reached Day Zero (empty taps) many times during my 4 years there:

1) You will not die.

2) Yes, you will suffer a little but what’s wrong with a little suffering? It builds character.

3) Businesses and schools will not shut down (as some suggest) but will have to adapt to using grey water for ablutions. It’s a mind-set change, children don’t be afraid. Adults don't give up, persevere and keep adding value to the economy (not to minimise the plight of businesses that need fresh water for their product, they will really struggle).

4) Water is a renewable resource and therefore 25 litres goes a long way. Water for washing can be caught and reused for ablutions. It’s not very nice (see point 2) but once again it’s a mindset.

5) It’s not the ANC/DA’S fault nor climate change. It’s could be my fault because I use too much water (i.e. more than supply), which is great because I don’t have to rely on government or scientists to fix it, I just have to use less water.

6) Help will come in some form. Businesses will spring up delivering water (in Gabs it was 2 JoJo tanks on a flatbed truck), desalination boats will flock to our harbours (if they don’t exist then then a millionaire genius will quickly invent and build one). Water may even come from the sky but somehow we will change the game for the better.

7) You will learn to appreciate water and take joy in the little things. One time, while driving to visit a friend in Phikwe, the heavens opened on road just past Palapye. The driver in front of me pulled to the side of the road and started dancing in the rain, what a beautiful feeling.

8) Stay positive. With the right mindset, the water crisis can actually be fun. You will spend more time outdoors, you will connect with your neighbours, you will receive help and help others, you will waste less time on Facebook/TV and you will have great stories to tell.

We will come through it!

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That article I linked to above, here are a 2 points I want to lift out, one I knew and one I missed for weeks now.

“I don’t want to underestimate how catastrophic Day Zero could be. It would require thousands of tankers to provide a minimal level of water to each person. You would have to think of temporarily evacuating people.”

2ndly, Lille said  while ago: We have to exclude the densely populated areas like the townships. If we turn the taps off there, we face significant risks in those areas like disease.

.... and anarchy.

 

Now before you get a hernia, trust me, it is the right thing to do. We always say help the poor, Well, this is how you get down and do it.

And to show your true support for the poor, you, the more affluent citizen, will stand in queues for water, just like they live every day. :D:D:D:D

Lets not pay the additional water levy, they said, it is mos wrong, the said. (facepalm)

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Go to  www.dearcapetown.co.za 

Select the water by-law and comment. Points people are complaining about:

I agree that the people in the Western Cape must use less water, by whatever means necessary, to ensure our collective future.

We must stop blaming the political parties, it is distracting focus from the real issue, the Dept of Water squandering our taxes.

The points pointed out to me:
- Have plans for your Jojo tanks / alternative supply - I agree. People are / have connected their tanks to their house feed. Accidentally or on purpose, feeding water back, could be a health hazard for the rest of the users. Like solar grid tied systems, it must be regulated. See point 5 in the proposal.

- 6L cistern for your toilet - ja en, what is the problem with that? We flush too much drinking water down the toilets.

- Use a plumber registered at the city - ja en? That sorts the backyard fly by night operators. Good plumbers register, helping US to save our water resources.

- Accept the new water meters and pay for them - ja en? Older meters are problematic, maybe some people have bypassed them, using scaly plumbers. And who else must pay for the meter? If each person pays, there is less chance of corruption, funds re-used for other "purposes".

Come on Western Cape, we have to start using water more wisely. Laws are there to ensure the majorities compliance, not to nail individuals. It is the only way we will collectively save, forcing the water price up. 

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