Phumelelani School has made valiant efforts to safeguard their water and make everyone aware of the water saving actions they can take to reduce their personal water consumption. This, however is just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to truly embracing water saving.
Exploring the Secret Water Mission, grade 7 class were encouraged to look beyond the visible water that they use in cooking, cleaning, flushing the toilet and washing to understand the concept of hidden water used to make the food we eat, the cloths we wear and the product we use. Just about everything we consume and use takes water to make and if we really want to take measurable actions to reduce our water consumption, we really need to focus on our entire water foot print that takes in account both the water we visibly use in many daily activities but also the hidden or secret water that is used in the process of making an end product. While we can’t always reduce the amount of water we cook and drink with, knowing the water footprint of the food and resources we consume, we can make informed, water wise decisions that will ultimately thousand of litres. By simply exchanging 50% of red meat portion in your diet for vegetable based protein for example, we can save 1000 litres of water a day!! That far more water than we could ever save on flushing the toilets on when very necessary or washing the dishes.