Combatting the Risk of Water Shortage with Storage Tanks
Much of South Africa is officially designated as semi-arid and so, for many of those who live in such areas, water shortages have long been a part of their normal lives. By contrast, for the inhabitants of the country’s major towns and cities, used to having this vital commodity piped directly into their homes and businesses, the possibility that they might need to install storage tanks in order to conserve it may once have seemed highly unlikely. The unsettling reality, however, is that there appears to be every possibility that this practice could become as much of a necessity in suburbia as it is in areas such as the Karoo.
While this simple compound of hydrogen and oxygen is vital to the life of almost all species on the planet, humans alone have become dependent upon its use for purposes other than survival. Huge volumes are consumed daily by industry and commerce. Much of it is rendered unfit for human consumption, or even for re-use, by the various processes employed. Just like domestic users, these enterprises are now faced with price increases brought about by a growing water shortage. For the world’s producers and consumers alike, the need for more conservative measures to protect the reserves of this life-giving liquid is mounting with each passing day.
While it may prove difficult to reduce consumption significantly in our technology-dependent society, reducing the amount we waste is a good deal easier. This is something that can be achieved with an inexpensive, low-tech solution that will require nothing more complex than the use of suitable water storage tanks. Whether you draw your water from the municipal supply or a borehole, the chances are that a significant amount of it is wasted daily. Some will have been used to flush toilets and will be lost either to the municipal sewer system or to a septic tank and soakaway. That used for washing up and bathing, however, if intercepted before entering the drainage system, is potentially reusable, albeit not for drinking purposes. Likewise, that which falls as rain can also be captured and saved for use in time of water shortage. In all but exceptional cases, the latter is likely to be of potable quality and certainly of sufficient purity for consumption by farm livestock.
That which is captured from grey sources may also be retained in tanks of a suitable size and the reclaimed water used for purposes such as irrigation and cleaning of agricultural equipment or vehicles. While borehole-users may escape the municipal billing process, groundwater supplies are finite and, in time, further drilling will be required. By re-using the pump’s output wherever possible, the potential cost savings can, over time, prove to be just as significant as it is for municipal users.
As we head closer to a global shortage of potable water and initiatives such as desalination are becoming increasingly important, the call for conservative measures by consumers is growing in parallel. Individual consumption varies and so conservative measures must allow for this. The Water Pump Group is a specialist in this field and offers a range of pumping equipment, steel pipe, valves and water storage tanks with which to design and install a system tailored to your specific needs.