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Water wise

Today is international water day and to mark this day we bring you tips to conserve water and save you money at the same time.

Reduce water consumption

  • Turn-off the tap while brushing teeth, shaving or soaping hands.
  • Take shorter showers and use less water if you bath.
  • Avoid buying bottled water.
  • Sweep outside areas instead of hosing with water.
  • Use eco-friendly soaps and cleaning products.
  • Fix leaks at home & report public water leaks to the Municipality.
  • Always use a plugged-sink or bowl instead of a running tap.
  • Insulate hot water pipes to reduce time waiting for water to heat up.
  • Install aerators and flow-reducing valves on your taps.
  • Install water saving devices on taps, toilets, showers & sprinklers.
  • Install a water meter and monitor your use.
  • Install an instant water heater at your taps for immediate hot water.

Car
  • Wash your car with a bucket and sponge only.
  • Use a hosepipe with a self-closing nozzle to wash your car.
  • Use a commercial car wash that recycles water.

Bathroom

  • Shower instead of bath.
  • Use less water in the bath.
  • Bathe young children together.
  • Flush the toilet only when odours make it necessary.
  • Put a brick in your cistern to reduce.
  • Install a low-flow shower-head.
  • Install aerators and flow-reducing valves on your taps.
  • Install a dual flush mechanism on your toilet.
  • Install a geyser blanket for insulation.
  • Insulate the copper pipes around the geyser.

Laundry

  • Cut back on washing your towels and linen.
  • Match the size of your laundry load with water volume.
  • Buy an eco-friendly wash ball.
  • Buy a water-efficient washing machine.

Kitchen

  • Only turn the dishwasher on when it’s full.
  • Use a plugged sink to wash dishes instead of a running tap.
  • Use less dish-washing liquid to reduce the need for rinsing.
  • Use a plugged sink to rinse vegetables instead of a running tap.
  • Use the water you used to rinse fruit and veggies to water plants.
  • Keep a bottle of tap water in the fridge to avoid running the tap until the water is cold.
  • Don’t use running water to defrost food.
  • Install aerators and flow-reducing valves on your taps.
  • Purchase water-efficient appliances and water-saving devices.

Plants & Garden

  • Learn about water-wise gardening.
  • Water plants at the coolest part of the day.
  • Group plants together that have the same water requirements.
  • Water plants with the water you used in the kitchen to rinse fruit and veggies.
  • Choose local indigenous water-wise plants for your home and garden.
  • Adjust sprinklers to water plants and not the pavement.
  • Cover your pool so the water doesn’t evaporate.
  • Check your pool for leaks.
  • Put self-closing spray-nozzles on hosepipes.
  • Use natural and organic garden products.

Methods to check your home is leak free

  • Use your water meter to check for hidden water leaks. Read the water meter before and after a two-hour period when no water has been used. If the water meter doesn’t read exactly the same, then there is a leak.
  • To check for toilet tank leaks, add food coloring to the tank. If the toilet leaks, the toilet bowl will have changed color within 30 minutes.
  • Repair dripping taps by replacing the washer. If a tap is dripping at a rate of 1 drop per second, you could be wasting up to 10,220 Liters per year!
  • If your toilet handle constantly stays in a downward position this means that water is constantly running. Replace or fix the handle to avoid wasted water.
  • Insulate your water pipes. If you do, you’ll get hot water faster, avoid wasting water while it is heating, and also saving money on electricity!


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