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Learning from Day Zero

The countdown to day Zero no longer scares South African citizens. As a matter of fact, most of us are once again misusing water! What, as South African citizens can we do to open our minds to the reality that South Africa is and has always been a water scarce country?

Water Heroes is an initiative driven by an experienced Water Engineer to eradicate the misconception about Day Zero. This life changing initiative was started after seeing that once Day Zero was cancelled, the majority of water users in South Africa started to misuse water, thinking that it’s all over. Water Heroes wants South Africans to continue living their lifestyles as though Day Zero was still in its inception. This idea was brought by when, between May 2017 and April 2018, Cape Town faced its worst drought period ever experienced in more than 120 years. Water Heroes is here to ensure that South Africans continue to save water beyond Day Zero by starting a campaign that rewards Water Heroes to ensure that no South African province will ever be faced with a challenge as bad as Day Zero.

The main factors which brought this water crisis into play were the three consecutive years of below average rainfall which was a first in over forty years. Then the low rainfall period which was coupled with a seven year consecutive increase in water consumption levels which then plunged the Mother City to the worst drought period in recent history.

The big positive out of this crisis was that Cape Town became the first major city in the world that managed to drastically reduce its water consumptions by more than half. The true Water Heroes in this instance are the City of Cape Town residents who heeded the call to be water wise by reducing their daily water consumptions and adopting a new fifty litres a day lifestyle.

Water Heroes wants South African citizens to be aware that “Day Zero” did not just start and end with the recent drought scare, South Africa has always been a water scarce country. Although the topic of “Day Zero” is no longer a scare, South Africa still has a shortage of water! It is all up to us as the consumers to make sure that what we do today will prevent our country from running out of water tomorrow. We want each and every individual and business to play an important role in ensuring that water is saved and that every drop counts.

After April 2018, Cape Town water crisis was not yet over as annual rainfall has been on a decline for the past six years. It is therefore critical that our Water Heroes remain water-wise to prevent ever going back to “Day Zero” countdown. The message is clear; be water-wise and remain water-wise by adopting the fifty litres a day lifestyle. Here are more practical ways to reduce and maintain low water consumption volumes:


What YOU can DO today to start SAVING water...


— Reduce

Reduce your consumtion by adopting a 50 litre per day lifestyle, its possible!


— Recycle

Choose a more sustainable lifestyle by recycling water and save on your monthly water bill.


— Reuse

Be a #WaterHero, reuse your water at least twice before flushing it down the drain!


— Switch

Use waterless hand sanitizer instead of fresh water.
Switch to food grade sterilizers to wa sh vegetables.
Take 90 seconds stop-start showers. Switch to synthetic grass.


— Recycle

Recycled effluent water.


— Reuse

Re-use tap water at least twice before flushing down the drain

about author

Thokozani Zuma

BTech, Water Engineering

Thokozani Zuma is a highly skilled Water Engineer with 13 years of project management, consultancy and design experience. He obtained his experience through managing projects for the City of Cape Town’s Infrastructure Department which included but were not limited to planning, budgeting and construction of medium to large roads and storm water management projects. The Water Heroes founder has also consulted and managed at a reputable and highly innovative engineering firm, Aurecon where he focused on the design of dams, water and storm water pipelines.

Thokozani Zuma doubles up as the CEO and owner of Appmaniazar PTY (Ltd), a Website and App Development company. He has qualifications in Civil Engineering, Water Engineering as well as Mobile App Development with Entrepreneurship training courses at some of South Africa’s trusted universities and colleges. Having worked with water for more than a decade, the qualified engineer turned CEO is passionate about water conservation and educating the South African youth about the importance of conserving water for a better future.

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