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 87litres 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 perminute 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.
- 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