Five water-friendly alternatives to prevent your city from becoming another Cape Town
The session was intended to discuss problems and solutions for the water crises across the globe; policy on after-purchase of a product, levying water tax, water-friendly alternatives and regulation of withdrawal of common water resources were some of the key points discussed to make people aware of their water footprint.
97% of the total water footprint goes in internal consumption and 3% is used in products/ingredients that are imported.
Hand sanitizers Due to the water crisis, restaurants in Cape Town have switched over to hand sanitizers to save water.
It is also estimated that the usage of a 50-ml bottle of hand sanitizer can save up to 20 litres of water.
Menstrual cups It is true that reusable cotton sanitary pads are environmentally much more sustainable when compared to disposable ones most commonly used.
But even cotton pads are water-intensive as it requires a huge amount of water just to manufacture a single cotton pad.
Apart from that, water is not used in making the cups.
Cups are more water-efficient than any other menstrual products.
The Retrofit basin tap can control water wastage by 80%, the showers and kitchen sink tap controls 60% and retrofit flush saves around 2 litres of water every time it is used.
Though the water situation in our cities may not have reached the extreme and dire state as in the South African city, let us act before disaster strikes.