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To shower in 90 seconds or less like a local in Cape Town, you need a plastic basin to stand in – a bucket's just going to lead to wastage – and, preferably, a hand-held shower.That has sparked panic buying of water. Supermarkets have varying limits on how many five-liter bottles of water shoppers may buy – when there is any to be had.Friends have installed tanks to capture and store water on the rare occasions when it rains. Advice dispensed in the forum in recent days includes dealing with kitchen drains that are turning smelly because of the little water flowing through them, and which supermarkets have those sought-after five-liter bottles in stock.There's handy guidance on how to build a system that gathers used water from your washing machine and the lowdown on the latest rules on using water from boreholes, an increasingly popular option.My sister is about to start renovations and will use water from the swimming pool to mix cement, the city having forbidden the use of municipal supplies for this.
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