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It’s not time to stop saving and stockpiling water just yet

I must admit I am in two minds about what to do about our water crisis going forward, as I am sure most of you are. Luckily, we have sorted out the washing machine and toilet cisterns – at a cost – and are down to minimal usage. 

But, as Mrs Mac pointed out to me, we have stopped stocking up on bottled water, yet we continue to use it for drinking and cooking, and are eating into the stock we were able to buy when the panic first set in. 

When the council announces we won’t have a problem if the rains come, I tend to get a little confused. 

Even if they say the taps won’t be turned off this year, I have a feeling we must continue to fear the worst, carry on using as little as possible and continue stocking up on bottled water. 

The drought crisis is showing up the age of our water system, with the area around our offices being without water for over 24 hours the other day because of a major leak. 

Come the next election, I will be voting for the party with the biggest budget for sorting out our antiquated reticulation system.

I continue to see truck after truck arriving in the city loaded with water tanks, so obviously there is still a demand as we all plan for the future. 

As always, I don’t want to mention brand names but if you are having tanks installed please stick to the known brands. 

I am getting feedback about thinwalled tanks, with pin holes and tanks that deform easily. Make sure your tank is fit for purpose.

*Handy Mac, aka Don MacAlister, is our expert on household DIY issues. If you have a question for him, please send it to don@macalister.co.za or SMS only to 082 446 3859. Find Don on FB: facebook.com/thehandymac

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