In light of World Water Day we are sharing some ways you can help with preserving our groundwater. What is groundwater? It refers to water that’s found beneath the earths surface. It’s held in the soil or in pores and crevices in rock. Remember that we live on top of our drinking water and our actions and activities on the land surface can affect the quality of our groundwater.
So, how can we help to preserve groundwater? If everyone does their bit and changes a few things in their everyday life, it can make a big impact.
Go native! Try to use native plants in your gardens, examples: Strelitzias, Blue Lilies and Aloes, which are beautiful to look at and they don’t need much water or fertilizer.
Choose grass varieties for your lawn that are adapted for your region’s climate, like Living Earth’s Buffalo and Berea grass. These are both adapted to our climate in KZN – Buffalo is the most water-wise grass and survives through droughts, which is a big plus and reduces the need for ample watering or the use of unnecessary chemicals.
Turn off your taps when not in use. Make sure you don’t leave the water running unnecessarily, have shorter showers, don’t leave the tap running while brushing your teeth. Only put the dishwasher or washing machine on when it’s a full load and choose the “eco” option to run the cycle.
Reduce household chemical use and properly dispose of them. Use organic products and fertilizer (like Living Earth) and limit or manage your waste. Recycle what can be recycled and try and use your left-over food and vegetable peels for making your own home fertilizer. See our last post on Home Composting and Reducing Landfill for more tips on this.
Lay compost on your lawn. Our North Coast soil is not the greatest, it’s the red sand which lacks rich nutrients and doesn’t hold water well. This is why laying organic compost on your lawn is so important, especially in the dryer months as it will hold water better.
Use Jojo/water storage tanks that can help preserve the use of water by capturing rainwater and then using this water in your garden or pumped for the toilet or laundry use. If filtered correctly, this can also be used as drinking water.
These are just a few examples of what we can do to make a difference to our use of groundwater. Contaminated water is very expensive and difficult to clean up, so let’s try and prevent it from getting that way.