14 Things only Capetonians dea

14 Things only Capetonians dealing with the drought will understand

Shit’s real.

14 Things only Capetonians dea

Cape Town’s drought has the city by the balls. A looming water levy, scorching temperatures, tourist season… things are hectic.

The good news is that everyone is talking about it. We’re all more aware than ever just how finite water is as a resource. But we’re also all gatvol. For the most part, sacrifices are minor, but ai, there are some things that are just such a las.

Longing for a bath

Even if you didn’t like bathing before (let’s be honest, it’s kinda gross, soaking in your own dirt), you suddenly look lustfully at your tub. Even the mercury is pushing to the high ends, you just want to get in there with bubbles and scrubs and facemasks. You consider driving to the spring to get some and swinging a sink bath over your braai just to get your fix.

The temptation of shaving off all your hair

Hair requires washing. Which takes water. The solution? Shave it all off. Problem solved.

But learning to wash once a week

Baby powder. Dry shampoo. A conditioner rinse. There are countless ways to keep your hair clean and not-as-oily-as-Zille in the drought and you’re a pro at all of them.

Also read: How to keep your hair clean during the drought – without water

Embracing the grey

No, not the water. Speaking of hair, whether you box-dye or salon dye, you know that dying is going to require more than your allocated two-minute shower. So, you either have to not shower all week in exchange for a dye job, or live with those greys.

The habits you take with you

When it’s yellow let it mellow. Instinctively turning the tab off when you’ve wet your body. If you’ve left Cape Town for more abundant water pastures recently, you’ve probably noticed that you took all these habits with you.

Taking your gardening to the next level

If you home-grow some goodies, chances are you’re carting buckets of grey water from the washing machine to your plants. It’s a pretty good workout. And you’ve learned all about extra mulching to keep the soil as wet as possible.

Spot washing your clothes

Unless you are exercising or doing hard labour, there is no reason clothes can’t be worn twice. Dab stains and pits with a facecloth and a bit of washing powder/water mixture… and there you go.

Panicking over how you’re going to get through summer without a pool splash

The bulk of Cape Town’s public pools have been shut. And you don’t want to swim in the ocean, it’s full of poo. You’re considering travelling to Joburg just for a swim. It’s the only good reason to go Joburg.

The lazy car owner’s dream

Everyone’s car is dirty. You can drive around guilt-free with the white car that’s now tinged terracotta.

Getting soaked catching rain from gutters

If you haven’t installed a JoJo tank (that shit’s expensive), you’ve probably been out in the pissing rain swapping buckets and containers trying to get them all filled up as water gushes from your gutters.

The guilt, oh the guilt

Oh shit. You’ve just mindlessly chucked the water you boiled the potatoes in down the drain. Now you’ve got a massive case of the guilties. To compensate, you postpone your shower and stick with wasbak was for another day. And don’t even mention the guilt of acidentally flushing a yellow….

You build yourself mini challenges

If you’ve ever played The Sims, you’ll be familiar with the daily  mini challenges that form part of the game. You’re sort of doing this with trying to save water. How low can you go?

Judgey McJudgeFace

When you see somebody who isn’t going to extremes to save every single drop, you judge, hard. And you’re not afraid to bollock somebody for their bad habits either.

Being suspicious of everything

Neighbour got a full pool? You’re suspicious as heck about where that water came from. Somebody growing veggies? Same. You can’t trust anyone and your paranoia makes you want to go all Sherlock Holmes and read their water meter to make sure they are complying.

Also read: Dear Tourist coming to Cape Town – we have a drought, please be mindful

And the biggest lesson of them all… you’ll never waste a drop of water ever again. Even when the system normalises, these habits will stay and we’ll all be a bit more aware of just what a finite resource water is.