Ways to Save Water at Home

Tuesday, 12th March 2019

Despite the recent rain we received, we need to conserve water as we move into winter to avoid a shortage. Please become more conscious about the amount of water your family uses and minimize your daily water needs as every drop counts.

Take our water usage test, to see how much water your household is using every week.

Here are some ways you can make a difference within your home.

 

Showers/ Baths Tips

  • Avoid taking baths, rather shower and save 100 litres
  • Reduce your shower time to the length of your favourite tune (3 - 4 minutes)
  • Consider changing your shower head to a water saving shower head to half your consumption. (6-10 litres per minute)

 

Basins

  • Turn off the tap while brushing your teeth and save 9 litres
  • Waterless hand sanitizers reduce the need to washing your hands often.
  • Place drinking water bottles in the fridge, to obtain cold drinking water.

 

Toilets

  • Place a 2l bottle filled with water in your cistern.
  • Avoid using the toilet as a bin for tissues.
  • Only flush when necessary, allowing for multiple uses before flushing.

 

Laundry

  • Reduce washing to once a week.
  • Avoid half loads – ensure your machine loads are full
  • Save energy and do cold washes. Use cold wash powder.

 

Gardens/ Washing cars

  • Use your Jo-Jo tanks and water cans to water the gardens.
  • Use your Jo-Jo tanks and buckets to wash the cars.
  • Water the garden in the early evening to avoid evaporation.
  • Plant a water-wise garden with indigenous drought-resistant plants

 

Recreation

  • Don’t use water-based toys like water guns, water balloons, etc.
  • If you want to keep your kids cool, use a shallow shell pool and fill it from your JO-JO tank.
  • If you have a pool, don’t fill it to the top – splashing leads to serious waste
  • Use a pool cover to reduce evaporation 

 

General Household

  • Fix leaky taps – even a slow drip can waste 30 litres a day
  • Only use your dishwasher when its full and air-dry dishes at the end
  • Use less water when washing dishes and fill two sinks; one with soapy water and one with warm water for rinsing.
  • Sweep away leaves and debris rather than using a hose to spray them away.
  • Use a watering can to make sure the water goes where it’s needed.
  • Don’t run the water to thaw frozen food. Defrost food in the fridge.

 

Saving water at home does not require any significant cost outlay. Although there are water-saving appliances and water conservation systems which are more expensive, the bulk of water saving methods can be achieved at little cost. 

 

Take our easy, mobile friendly, water usage test HERE

 

“A drop of water is worth more than gold to a thirsty man”

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