Stage 2 water restrictions are currently in effect in the City of Johannesburg; however, reports state that residents are still not complying.
Using water sparingly may seem like a daunting task – but it doesn’t have to be that way. There are practical day-to-day things that you can do to aid you in saving water and watching your water consumption.
There’s an overflow of recycling opportunities when it comes to water. Whether it be from washing machines, baths, from boiling foods and cleaning fruits/veggies – there is always grey water that can be reused. Your house plants aren’t picky with the water you give them (as long as it’s chemical-free), so use the water from boiling eggs, collect water with a bucket while you run the tap for hot water, or feed your plants the nutrient-rich water from your fish tank after cleaning it. You can even take it a step further by not throwing fallen ice-cubes in the sink – popping the cube on your house plants will keep your plants cool and hydrated.
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Showering vs bathing
Taking a shower instead of a bath could save up to 400 litres of water a week. This doesn’t mean you should have lengthy showers – minimise the time you spend in it, especially if you live in a household with other people. Set your timer to five minutes – turn off the water while you lather up, especially now that the weather’s a little warmer. You can turn the tap back on to rinse yourself off. If you don’t have access to a shower or you prefer bathing, you can still save water – just plug the tub before running your bath and adjust the water temperature as the tub fills up – and don’t fill it to the top!
What if we told you that scrubbing your pets could be coupled up with watering your garden? Wash your pets outside in an area of your lawn or garden that needs water – not only will you be reusing the water, but their shake-off will act as a quick sprinkler too! Another important gardening tip (if your municipality does not already restrict it) to help you save water is to water your plants during the early morning hours or in the evening – the cooler temperatures help decrease evaporation. Grouping your plants according to their water needs and removing invasive alien plants will also help you save water as you water your garden.
Did you know that washing your car on your lawn as opposed to the driveway pavement is another way to water your garden area?
Check for leaks
Early detection of leaks could save you water and money – this is why it’s important to know how to use your water meter to check for leaks and also to monitor your water bill for high usage. Toilet leaks are a silent water waster, but you can nip it in the bud by regularly checking for leaks. While you’re at it, check all your taps too and make sure they aren’t dripping.
Use your appliances wisely
When boiling the kettle, only boil what you will need – this way, you will save on water and electricity. Match your water levels to your load size when doing the laundry. An important thing to remember when shopping for a new dishwasher or washing machine is to choose energy-efficient ones as they will help save you litres of water with every use.
Don’t let the tap run!
Washing your fruits and vegetables, lathering your hands to wash them, brushing your teeth, or washing your hair – these are all instances where you can save water by not letting the tap run and only opening it when you need to or when you can use buckets/cups to control the usage. Also, why not keep water in a jug and avoid running the tap every time you drink? Loads of water is wasted through overspill.
There are many ways to save water, whether it be by reducing the number of times you flush and what you flush down your toilet or by covering your pool to prevent evaporation. Effective water-saving starts with you.
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