The story of Rain Harvesting

September 23, 2010

Price of water to rise

September 22, 2010

The threat of a significant rise in water costs has been on the horizon for many years. This is as the country is running out of fresh water resources. We may be faced with water tariff increases similar to we will experience with our electricity bills.

Concerned water users will be able to reduce their water consumption by harvesting rainwater and recycling greywater. Rain harvesting could take a household off the grid over many of the winter months as their water tanks will be storing every drip of water.

Water tariff increases

Water rate increase

Water prices for South Africans could in the near future quadruple as a result of the escalating pollution of the country’s water resources by the country’s mining industry.

“If we don’t find a special development where we can mine without affecting water resources, the prices of water will go up. Someone will need to pay for either the treatment of water or getting more water, and I believe that person is the consumer,” said Koos Pretorius of the Federation for a Sustainable Environment.

Pretorius, who was speaking on the sidelines of the AgriSA’s Water Conference in Kempton park, said the sad reality was between 30 and 40 percent of South Africa’s power utility Eskom’s electricity generation was still reliant on coal.

“We are mining sensitive areas where there is a conflict of interest between mining, agricultural production and the quality of water. We need to move away from this urgently,” Pretorius said.

The farming community had been complaining that it was carrying the costs of water pollution because water fetched from rivers contained heavy metals that accumulated in produce.

He said these vast areas were growing day by as they were about coal mines in 2001 and there were about 400 mining rights applications and another staggering 6 000 applications for prospecting rights in Mpumalanga alone.

Water Affairs and Environment (DWA) Minister Buyelwa Sonjica said her department was busy with plans to formulate a strategy along with the Chamber of Mines and was also planning on board the Department of Mineral (DMR).

“The strategy will be two faced. The first part will be dealing with the imminent and looming crisis and the second part will centre on the long term sustainability of water quality,” she said.

Sonjica said in the 2009/10 financial year, her department had issued a total 239 directives, 31 of these had been resolved positively and 14 were currently before the Courts.

“The rest of these are undergoing the rigorous process of being resolved. We will intensify this aspect of our work to ensure that we bring to book all the offenders,” she said.

- Business Report

Rainwater Harvesting

September 17, 2010

Rainwater Harvesting system – Water Rhapsody Grand Opus

We can provide you with the means to collect hundreds of tons of water by harvesting rainwater!
Water Rhapsody has made it possible for one to harvest rainwater and get this system to pay for its cost of installation in a reasonable period of time.
Over recent years water costs combined with sewerage rates have escalated far faster than inflation. This means that it has become worth your while to install rainwater harvesting systems. You may now augment supply from the traditional sources of dams etc, and rainwater harvesting as a way to augment supply has become imperative.
You no longer need to install water tanks close to your house to harvest rainwater. These rainwater tanks can now stand anywhere you like, because we get to deliver this water to wherever your water tanks stand, so the rainwater tanks can stand unobtrusively at your home or commercial building. Our Rainwater Harvesting FAQ’s explain how rainwater is harvested, delivered by gravity to rainwater tanks, and delivered to your whole household during the rain season in a sustainable manner. Furthermore how our system of harvesting rainwater is viable i.e. the system can pay for itself within a reasonable period of time.Rain Harvest

Rainwater Harvesting – FAQ

Free Rain water Harvesting quote

Rainwater Harvesting system – Water Rhapsody Grand Opus

We can provide you with the means to collect hundreds of tons of water by harvesting rain water!
Water Rhapsody has made it possible for one to harvest rainwater and get this system to pay for its cost of installation in a reasonable period of time.
Over recent years water costs combined with sewerage rates have escalated far faster than inflation. This means that it has become worth your while to install rainwater harvesting systems. You may now augment supply from the traditional sources of dams etc, and rainwater harvesting as a way to augment supply has become imperative.
You no longer need to install water tanks close to your house to harvest rainwater. These rainwater tanks can now stand anywhere you like, because we get to deliver this water to wherever your water tanks stand, so the rainwater tanks can stand unobtrusively at your home or commercial building. Our Rainwater Harvesting FAQ’s explain how rainwater is harvested, delivered by gravity to rainwater tanks, and delivered to your whole household during the rain season in a sustainable manner. Furthermore how our system of harvesting rainwater is viable i.e. the system can pay for itself within a reasonable period of time.Rain Harvest

Water RhapsodyAgainst a global rainfall average of 870mm per year, South Africa receives a pitiful 450mm, making it the world’s 30th driest country.

Water Rhapsody, with 15 years experience in water conservation, is number 1 in South Africa in Grey water recycling systems and Rainwater harvesting systems.

Carbon footprint

Rainwater Harvesting

It is now viable to harvest rainwater for your whole household. This includes rainwater harvesting, storing and pumping rainwater for bathing, showering, toilet flushing, pool, laundry and irrigation. Rainwater harvesting together with other Water Rhapsody products can save up to 90% of your water bill.


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Grey Water

A bath uses 120 litres and a shower 80 litres of water. When used, that water is called grey water. You pay for it, and then it all goes down the drain. Water Rhapsody Grey Water System uses this grey water to immediately irrigate your garden, saving you a substantial portion of your water bill.

WWF Green Trust Award

Water Rhapsody a WWF Green Trust award winner can save us up to 90% of our municipal water bills.” WWF
WWF Green Trust Award

Constantia Waldorf School recycling centre

Constantia Waldorf School Recycling Centre

The newly build Constantia Waldorf School Recycling Center is setting a trend for the of recycling. This is a vision driven by a parent of a student attending the school. Unsorted recyclable  goods can be dropped off at the school recycling center where it is then sorted into various piles for collection.

Recyclable goods sorting area

Recyclable goods sorting area

The profits generated form the centre will be used to compensate the friendly helper who sorts the recyclable goods and to pay for further eco-sustainability systems.

The Recycling centre accepts all the usual recyclable matter including batteries, light bulbs, bread bag clips and e-waste.

As an educational and eco-sustainability tool the recycling center harvests its rainwater that falls on the roof of the brown box collection room and stores the rainwater in a water tank. The rainwater will be used for rinsing, garden irrigation and making sure sorters are able to walk away with clean hands.

Rainwater harvesting at recycling centre

Rainwater harvesting tank (Constantia Waldorf School)

Over the last few months there has been a influx of new businesses selling rainwater harvesting systems. This is no surprise to me as we have been warned of the drought cycle underway. Cape Town will be forced to once again enforce water restrictions as a means to control demand. With the population growth that the City has experience throughout the previous years, the change exists that there will be water outages, not just water restriction.

Many of the new start-ups are still smoothening out the glitches and gaining practical experience with every job they start. These new start-ups might be winning the price war. You might have yourself a nice looking water tank in your garden but ask yourself:

If you have not got the following as standard items in your installations,

a)    An emergency supply of municipal water in the water tanks so that the user is guaranteed of water 24/7/365.

b)   Relief from the need for a hot water cylinder dripper.

c)    A balanced water system preventing one from receiving scalding water at one moment, and cold water the next in the shower.

d)   A means of re-inflating the pressure vessels.

e)    A very neat way of reverting to municipal water by easy to operate user friendly instructions.

f)     An override box consisting of all the operating valves to make an elaborate system simple.

g)    All the safety gear of very high quality to make sure that your precious water is not lost to a municipal shut off or municipal leak.

h)   Everything that the municipality might require and more to comply with any regulations.

i)      Back up of technical know-how.  On matter stretching form plumbing, irrigation ecology, water conservation and sustainability.

have you got the system that South Africans have been endorsing for over 16 years? You can still choose Water Rhapsody?

Cape Water Solutions is a proud partner of Water Rhapsody and a premier supplier of Nell and Jojo Tanks. Contact you dealer for you emergency water supply.

Water tanks save energy

August 6, 2010

Do you know that by installing a rainwater tank you will be taking a very decisive eco-friendly step towards solving our water scarcity issues? Not only that but when you store rainwater you save the energy required to treat and pump fresh water to your house. Instead of having your municipal fresh water pumped to your house you will have it in your backyard. You get to decide when and how you wish to use it. It will be there when ever you want it.

Rainwater harvesting is a highly positive step towards leading a green life. The heart of green movement is the goal of minimizing the carbon footprint that each one of us will be leaving behind. The more resources we use the greater the carbon footprint. Being eco-friendly just means that we use nature’s resources effectively and avoid wasting the resources.

It is one thing to keep your water use down to a minimum and yet another to harvest rainwater for use. These two approaches complement each other allowing our overall efforts to bring about an effective solution against the reality of water scarcity.

A water tank in your home will inspire your friends and neighbours to conserve water. Cape Town in entering a drought cycle again, similar to the drought of 2004. When you have a  water tank you will not be crippled by water outages as the city is forced to institute water outages as a means of demand management.

If now is ever a time to want to be popular then jumping on the band wagon by installing a water tank is your way forward. Soon the neighbour, friend and family will be begging you for a litre of water when their taps run dry.

In an earlier blog I discussed what would happen if Cape Town’s water supply dried out. From the following article you will read that troops have been called in to prevent unrest in the Philippines due to a dire water shortage.This will not be the first time the military has been used to pacify thirsty crowds.

Our inherent attitude about water is our biggest enemy. When water restrictions are implemented we tend to complain about the increase in cost but luckily for us we still have the luxury of fresh water from our taps. We might decide to shower a little shorter and have peace with our gardens becoming a little neglected. After many summer seasons we become conditioned to believe the winter rains will save us. But what are the structural flaws in this belief?

What has lead this belief to become ingrained in us has been the Western Cape’s ability to dam more water sources and augment our fresh water supply. Up until now our water supply has equaled our water demand. Unfortunately, since the Berg River Scheme was completed, Cape Town has run out of new available resources. Let us not forget that the City’s population is still increasing as more and more people choose to settle in the Fairest Cape.

Can you afford to take the risk and run out of water? Can you imagine staring at a water faucet waiting in desperation for only a little liquid to spurt out while you dream of that first sip?

Speak to your Water Rhapsody dealer about water tanks, rainwater harvesting and grey water recycling. There is no need to fear the coming water outages, you can have your private reserve to manage as you please.

Troops sent to prevent water riots

The Philippine government is sending troops into Manila to prevent unrest as authorities distribute water to some of the million-plus people affected by an ongoing shortage.

Many in Manila have been left with limited supplies or no water at all this week after water levels at the Angat Dam, the main source for the capital, fell to a critically low point following a prolonged drought.

Although the situation was improving with the onset of the rainy season, Public Works Secretary Rogelio Singson told reporters on Friday that the government had mobilised trucks and tankers to provide water to the worst hit areas.


July 15, 2010

Tip #1
There are a number of ways to save water, and they all start with you.
  • #2 When washing dishes by hand, don’t let the water run while rinsing. Fill one sink with wash water and the other with rinse water.
  • #3 Some refrigerators, air conditioners and ice-makers are cooled with wasted flows of water. Consider upgrading with air-cooled appliances for significant water savings.
  • #4 Adjust sprinklers so only your lawn is watered and not the house, sidewalk, or street.
  • #5 Run your clothes washer and dishwasher only when they are full. You can save up to 1,000 litres a month.
  • #6 Choose shrubs and groundcovers instead of turf for hard-to-water areas such as steep slopes and isolated strips.
  • #7 Install covers on pools and spas and check for leaks around your pumps.
  • #8 Use the garbage disposal sparingly. Compost vegetable food waste instead and save many litres every time.
  • #9 Plant in the fall when conditions are cooler and rainfall is more plentiful.
Tip #10
For cold drinks keep a jug of water in the refrigerator instead of running the tap. This way, every drop goes down you and not the drain.
  • #11 Monitor your water bill for unusually high use. Your bill and water meter are tools that can help you discover leaks.
  • #12 Water your lawn and garden in the morning or evening when temperatures are cooler to minimize evaporation.
  • #13 Wash your fruits and vegetables in a bowl of water instead of running water from the tap.
  • #14 Spreading a layer of organic mulch around plants retains moisture and saves water, time and money.
  • #15 Use a broom instead of a hose to clean your driveway and sidewalk and save water every time.
  • #16 If your shower fills a 4-litre bucket in less than 20 seconds, replace the showerhead with a water-efficient model.
  • #17 Collect the water you use for rinsing fruits and vegetables, then reuse it to water houseplants.
  • #18 If water runs off your lawn easily, split your watering time into shorter periods to allow for better absorption.
  • #19 We’re more likely to notice leaks indoors, but don’t forget to check outdoor faucets, sprinklers and hoses for leaks.
  • #20 If you have an automatic refilling device, check your pool periodically for leaks.
  • #21 Check the root zone of your lawn or garden for moisture before watering using a spade or trowel. If it’s still moist two inches under the soil surface, you still have enough water.
  • #22 When buying new appliances, consider those that offer cycle and load size adjustments. They’re more water and energy efficient.
  • #23 Shorten your shower by a minute or two and you’ll save up to 600 litres per month.
  • #24 Upgrade older toilets with water efficient models. (Water Rhapsody Multi-Flush)
  • #25 Adjust your lawn mower to a higher setting. A taller lawn shades roots and holds soil moisture better than if it is closely clipped.
  • #26 When cleaning out fish tanks, give the nutrient-rich water to your plants.
  • #27 Use sprinklers for large areas of grass. Water small patches by hand to avoid waste.
Tip #28
Put food coloring in your toilet tank. If it seeps into the toilet bowl without flushing, you have a leak. Fixing it can save up to 4000 litre a month.
  • #29 When running a bath, plug the tub before turning the water on, then adjust the temperature as the tub fills up.
  • #30 Walkways and patios provide space that doesn’t ever need to be watered. These useful “rooms” can also add value to your property.
  • #31 Collect water from your roof to water your garden.
  • #32 Designate one glass for your drinking water each day or refill a water bottle. This will cut down on the number of glasses to wash.
  • #33 Rather than following a set watering schedule, check for soil moisture 5 to 8 cm below the surface before watering.
  • #34 Install a rain sensor on your irrigation controller so your system won’t run when it’s raining.
  • #35 Don’t use running water to thaw food. Defrost food in the refrigerator for water efficiency and food safety.
Tip #36
Use drip irrigation for shrubs and trees to apply water directly to the roots where it’s needed. (These can be used with Water Rhapsody grey water bio-digestion systems)
  • #37 Grab a wrench and fix that leaky faucet. It’s simple, inexpensive, and you can save 550 litres a week.
  • #38 Reduce the amount of lawn in your garden by planting shrubs and ground covers appropriate to your site and region.
  • #39 When doing laundry, match the water level to the size of the load.
  • #40 Teach your children to turn off faucets tightly after each use.
  • #41 Remember to check your sprinkler system valves periodically for leaks and keep the sprinkler heads in good shape.
Tip #42
Use a water-efficient shower head. They’re inexpensive, easy to install, and can savead-waterpik you up to 3000 litres a month. Before you lather up, trade up your current shower head to a water-efficient shower head which helps reduce water consumption by up to 40%. Water-conserving shower heads are inexpensive, easy to install.

  • #43 Soak pots and pans instead of letting the water run while you scrape them clean.
  • #44 Don’t water your lawn on windy days when most of the water blows away or evaporates.
  • #45 Water your plants deeply but less frequently to encourage deep root growth and drought tolerance.
  • #46 Know where your master water shut-off valve is located. This could save water and prevent damage to your home.
  • #47 To decrease water from being wasted on sloping lawns, apply water for five minutes and then repeat two to three times.
  • #48 Group plants with the same watering needs together to avoid overwatering some while underwatering others.
  • #49 Use a layer of organic material on the surface of your planting beds to minimize weed growth that competes for water.
  • #50 Use a minimum amount of organic or slow release fertilizer to promote a healthy and drought tolerant landscape.
  • #51 Trickling or cascading fountains lose less water to evaporation than those spraying water into the air.
  • #52 Use a commercial car wash that recycles water.
  • #53 Avoid recreational water toys that require a constant flow of water.
  • #54 Turn off the water while brushing your teeth and save 100 litres a month.
  • #55 Use a rain gauge, or empty tuna can, to track rainfall on your lawn. Then reduce your watering accordingly.
  • #56 Encourage your school system and local government to develop and promote water conservation among children and adults.
  • #57Learn how to shut off your automatic watering system in case it malfunctions or you get an unexpected rain.
  • #58 Set a kitchen timer when watering your lawn or garden to remind you when to stop. A running hose can discharge up to 35 litres a minute.
  • #59 If your toilet flapper doesn’t close after flushing, replace it.
  • #60Make sure there are water-saving aerators on all of your faucets.
Tip #61
Next time you add or replace a flower or shrub, choose a low water use plant for year-round landscape color and save up to 2000 litres each year.
  • #62 Install an instant water heater near your kitchen sink so you don’t have to run the water while it heats up. This also reduces energy costs.
  • #63 Use a grease pencil to mark the water level of your pool at the skimmer. Check the mark 24 hours later to see if you have a leak.
  • #64 If your dishwasher is new, cut back on rinsing. Newer models clean more thoroughly than older ones.
  • #65 If installing a lawn, select a turf mix or blend that matches your climate and site conditions.
  • #66 When you save water, you save money on your municipal bills too. Saving water is easy for everyone to do.
  • #67 When the kids want to cool off, use the sprinkler in an area where your lawn needs it the most.
  • #68 Make sure your swimming pools, fountains, and ponds are equipped with recirculating pumps.
  • #69 Bathe your young children together.
  • #70 Consult with your local nursery for information on plant selection and placement for optimum outdoor water savings.
  • #71 Winterise outdoor spigots when temperatures dip below freezing to prevent pipes from leaking or bursting.
  • #72 Insulate hot water pipes for more immediate hot water at the faucet and for energy savings.
  • #73 Wash your car on the lawn, and you’ll water your lawn at the same time.
  • #74

    Direct water from rain gutters and HVAC systems toward water-loving plants in the landscape for automatic water savings.

Tip #75
Drop your tissue in the trash instead of flushing it and save water every time.
  • #76 Make suggestions to your employer about ways to save water and money at work.
  • #77 Support projects that use reclaimed wastewater for irrigation and industrial uses.
  • #78 Use a hose nozzle or turn off the water while you wash your car. You’ll save up to 400 litres every time.
  • #79 Share water conservation tips with friends and neighbors.
  • #80 When you are washing your hands, don’t let the water run while you lather.
  • #81 If your toilet was installed before 1992, reduce the amount of water used for each flush by installing a Multi-flush.
  • #82 Setting cooling systems and water softeners for a minimum number of refills saves both water and chemicals, plus more on utility bills.
  • #83 Washing dark clothes in cold water saves both on water and energy while it helps your clothes to keep their colors.
  • #84 Leave lower branches on trees and shrubs and allow leaf litter to accumulate on the soil. This keeps the soil cooler and reduces evaporation.
  • #85 Report broken pipes, open hydrants and errant sprinklers to the property owner or your water provider.
  • #86 Let your lawn go dormant during the summer. Dormant grass only needs to be watered every three weeks or less if it rains.
  • #87 Plant with finished compost to add water-holding and nutrient-rich organic matter to the soil.
  • #88 Use sprinklers that deliver big drops of water close to the ground. Smaller water drops and mist often evaporate before they hit the ground.
  • #89 Listen for dripping faucets and running toilets. Fixing a leak can save 1200 litres a month or more.
  • #90 Water only when necessary. More plants die from over-watering than from under-watering.
  • #91 One more way to get eight glasses of water a day is to re-use the water left over from cooked or steamed foods to start a scrumptious and nutritious soup.
Tip #92
Adjust your watering schedule each month to match seasonal weather conditions and landscape requirements.
  • #93 Turn off the water while you wash your hair to save up to 600 litres a month.
  • #94 Wash your pets outdoors in an area of your lawn that needs water.
  • #95 When shopping for a new clothes washer, compare resource savings among Energy Star models. Some of these can save up to 80- litres per load, and energy too.
  • #96 Apply water only as fast as the soil can absorb it.
  • #97 Aerate your lawn at least once a year so water can reach the roots rather than run off the surface.
  • #98 When washing dishes by hand, fill the sink basin or a large container and rinse when all of the dishes have been soaped and scrubbed.
  • #99 Catch water in an empty tuna can to measure sprinkler output. One inch of water on one square foot of grass equals 2.5 litres of water.
  • #100 Turn off the water while you shave and save up to 1200 litres a month.
  • #101 If you accidentally drop ice cubes when filling your glass from the freezer, don’t throw them in the sink. Drop them in a house plant instead.
  • #103 To save water and time, consider washing your face or brushing your teeth while in the shower.
  • #104 While staying in a hotel or even at home, consider reusing your towels.
  • #105 When backflushing your pool, consider a pool backwash recycling tank.
  • #106 For hanging baskets, planters and pots, place ice cubes under the moss or dirt to give your plants a cool drink of water and help eliminate water overflow.
  • #107 Throw trimmings and peelings from fruits and vegetables into your yard compost to prevent using the garbage disposal.
  • #108 When you have ice left in your cup from a take-out restaurant, don’t throw it in the trash, dump it on a plant.
  • #109 Call Water Rhapsody to re-route your grey water to trees and gardens rather than letting it run into the sewer line. It is allowed in South Africa, so start a movement that can save 33% water bills.
  • #110 Keep a bucket in the shower to catch water as it warms up or runs. Use this water to flush toilets or water plants.
  • #111 When you are washing your hands, don’t let the water run while you lather.
  • #112 Start harvesting rain water from your roof. This is a great way to become self sufficient, have an emergency water supply and collecting free water. All you need is a water tank.

Source: wateruseitwisly

If you thought South Africa’s water situation was bad then consider what is happening in Australia. Out of necessity Australia is leading the world when it comes to issues water conservation and sustainability. The continent has experienced 10 years of drought and has had to find innovative ways to supply an ever expanding population with potable water as it’s water reserves have dwindled.

Cape Town: Water scarcity

As the continent has faced severe water scarcity for many year one of the first actions taken by the population was to reduce their water consumption. To many Australians this meant fitting water saving shower heads and tap aerators, installing home water recycling and reuse systems, and harvesting rainwater from their roofs.

Select home owners that foresaw the possible severity of the water scarcity many years ago were wise enough to install water conservation systems and are now able to save as much as 90% of what could have been their water bill. Their insight into the water crisis has now saved them thousands of litres of water and hence years of increasing water bills. Many Australians are paying close to 4 times as much for one litre of tap water compared to us is Cape Town.

Cape Town’s water is under threat. As early as 2012 the City might not be able to supply enough water to it’s residents. By 2014 the Department of Water affairs has admitted it will not be able to supply enough water. We will need to follow in the footsteps of Australia if we wish to avoid water outages and with to continue enjoying the luxury of flushing toilets, daily showers and our mug of hot coffee in the morning.

The Water Rhapsody has been around for over 16 years putting many home owners at ease as they celebrate their self reliance. Before Cape Town enters it’s historical drought cycle and is struck with water restrictions and outages, I don’t suppose you would like to take advantage of this great opportunity to prepare yourself and act because you know what is to come. Contact your dealer to secure your water supply.

Water Rhapsody dealers around Cape Town have teamed up with the biggest water tank manufactures in South Africa, Jojo and Nel, to supply and install the best rainwater harvesting systems in the country. We are now the authorised dealers for Jojo water tanks and Nel water tanks and our combined quality we will be able to pass on to you.

JoJo water tanks

Whether you are looking only to buy a water tank of any kind to install yourself, or are looking for a complete rainwater harvesting system, or more, contact your nearest Water Rhapsody dealer. We have been given special discounted rates that we pass on to you and delivery within the greater Cape Town area is free.

Nel water tanks

If you’re looking for the best quality water tanks that come with a 5 year manufacturers warranty, you needn’t look further than Water Rhapsody, a winner of the WWF green trust award can have your tank delivered to you. We offer a wide variety of water tanks, speak to you dealer for more information.

Water storage tanks and pumps

Water storage tanks and pumps at False Bay Ecology Park


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