Saving water in your everyday life is easy, all you need to do is make small changes and adopt a general water-wise attitude to everything you do. In addition to saving money on the utility bill, water conversation helps prevent water pollution in nearby lakes, rivers and local watersheds.
With water being such a rare commodity in South Africa, municipals and governing authorities stared requesting that citizens use water sparingly amid a drought and crisis which is expected to last into the new year.
We know, some of these may seem a little ridiculous but it really helps. Here are a tips on how to save water:
- Re-use the final rinse water from washing machines for the next wash cycle;
- Flush toilets only when necessary;
- Monitor water meters for high consumption and possible water leaks;
- Reduce shower times;
- Confine water of gardens to before 10:00 or after 16:00;
- Perform a water audit at home;
- Collect rainwater for re-using on the garden or washing the car;
- Use a broom instead of a hosepipe when cleaning driveways or patios;
- Insulate hot water pipes so that not too much water is wasted when waiting for water to get hot;
- Cover the swimming pool to reduce water evaporation.
Saving water at home
Save water around your by implanting these simple tips.
- Check your meter reading regularly and scrutinize the rates bill for changes in the water consumption.
- Regularly check the taps for drips and repair defective taps. A dripping tap could waste up to 30 liters a day, which is equivalent to 10 000 liters a year.
- Shower rather than bath, as the average bath uses in excess of 150 liters of water.
- Use water saving devices in toilet cisterns to minimize flush volumes, or if feasible install dual-flush systems.
- Purchase a water-efficient dishwasher, which uses 18 liters per wash, which is the same as a single basin volume. Alternatively hand wash the dishes instead of using a machine.
When it comes to conserving water, small adjustments can have a big impact.
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