Save water around your home by implementing these simple tips:
- Put a bowl in your handbasin and kitchen sink. When you wash your hands, or rinse fruit and vegetables the bowl will catch the water. Use this water to fill a bucket for flushing your toilet, washing your car, filling the pre-rinse of the washing machine, or watering your garden.
- Turn the cistern of your toilet off to prevent it running or leaking internally. Use grey water to flush the toilet when needed.
- A toilet flush uses between 9 and 15 litres of water – you only have 50 litres per day. Use that water only when necessary. If its yellow let it mellow, it its brown flush it down.
- Regularly inspect taps for drips and repair defective taps. A dripping tap could waste up to 30 litres a day – that’s equivalent to 10 000 litres a year!
- Fit tap aerators and water-efficient shower roses. A water-efficient shower uses on average 7 litres per minute as opposed to the 12 – 15 litres per minute of traditional options.
- Shower rather than bath. The average bath uses in excess of 150 litres of water. When showering, shower over a bucket, to collect the shower water. This water can be used to flush the toilet, fill the pre-rinse of your washing machine, or water the garden.
- Keep your showering time to a minimum, am for 2 minutes – sent an alarm when you get in the shower to let you know when your time is up. Lather up before turning the taps on.
- When brushing your teeth, fill half a glass with water, and use that to rinse rather than running the tap.
- When boiling the kettle for coffee, put the left over hot water into a thermos flask to use later for your second cup. At the end of the morning or when the themos is cold pour any leftover back into the kettle to reheat.
- Select a level lower water level for your washing machine. If you don’t have a full load, ask neighbours or friends if they have some washing they need done.
- Use water saving devices in toilet cisterns to minimize flush volumes, or if feasible install dual-flush systems.
- If possible, purchase a water-efficient dishwasher. They use on average 18 litres per wash, which is the same as a single basin volume. Alternatively hand wash dishes only once per day.
Water saving tips from the City of Cape Town
CAUTION: If you installing rain water harvesting tanks, a full tank can weigh up to 10 tonnes, so make sure it is on an appropriate support structure, or stable ground. Empty tanks on the roof of buildings can be blown off in the wind causing damage and injury. Ensure they are securely fastened to the roof, and they are located on a suitable load-bearing platform.