In 2010 (throwback to when you couldn’t go a day without face planting into something soccer related), South Africa’s drinking water was rated 3rd best in the world for being “safe and ready to drink”. Here on the South Coast, the salinity of our tap water is currently the same as a mixture of 44 parts sea water and 56 parts fresh water. In essence (with a sprinkling of irony), we aren’t even allowed to drink tap water anymore. We’re all about progress.
Yesterday, the Minister of Water and Sanitation, Nomvula Mokonyane, warned that South Africa is facing a severe water crisis and that the department might have to reduce water supplies if the drought affecting large parts of the country continues. According to statistics, 2.7 million households– about 18% of the population- were affected by the drought. A total of 6‚500 rural communities‚ mainly in Kwazulu-Natal‚ Mpumalanga and North West faced critical water shortages. Kwazulu-Natal in particular is facing of its driest periods on record.
This is a serious matter and I will be doing my best to save water at every possible opportunity because I am a responsible citizen that makes empowering this country a personal ambition *cue garbled National Anthem* For record purposes, this decision was not inaugurated because of the fact that I can’t gargle my mouth without feeling like I’m swimming with the dolphins (we’re so fancy they bring the sea to us). I’m going to ignore your eye-rolling and doubtful look and continue to try and convince you to save water as well (purely non-selfish).
Imam Ahmad and Ibn Majah narrated from ‘Abdullah ibn ‘Amr ibn al-‘Aas (R.A) that the Messenger (S.A.W) passed by Sa‘d (R.A) when he was doing wudhu, and He (S.A.W) asked, “What is this extravagance, O Sa‘d?” He said: Can there be any extravagance in wudhu?” Nabi (S.A.W) replied, “Yes, even if you are on the bank of a flowing river.”
In the light of these and such Ahadith of the Nabi of Allah (S.A.W), wasting water and using it more than necessary has been declared Makrooh [Hashiya Al Tahtahawi, Pg No: 80].
The Islamic System makes it clear that this is not the responsibility of a single nation or group, but the responsibility of each and every person of this Planet. As cliché as it is, we really don’t realise what we have until we don’t have it anymore. Water is thought to be this constant. It’s just sort of there. Because water is readily available, we figure it’ll be okay to waste 20 minutes under the shower (it would’ve been 15, but that day’s performance required an encore). Every person’s wastage of water in this manner depletes the stock of water in a subtle way and gradually paucity of water tightens its grip. We need to start being proactive.
- Don’t flush the toilet unnecessarily.
- Take shorter showers.
- Turn off the water after you wet your toothbrush.
- Use your dishwasher and clothes washer for only full loads.
- When washing dishes by hand, don’t leave the water running for rinsing.
- Don’t let the faucet run while you clean vegetables.
- Keep a bottle of drinking water in the fridge.
- Plant drought-resistant lawns, shrubs and plants.
- Don’t run the hose while washing your car.
- Check for leaks in pipes, hoses, faucets and couplings.
Remember, you take one step towards Allah, Allah takes ten steps towards you.
May Allah protect us all and grant us the ability to overcome our Nafs.
Love and Duas,