7 Water-saving tips for your home

Water has been a hot topic lately as the threat of Day Zero - the day the taps get turned off - looms large in Cape Town. But water woes are not confined to the Mother City - South Africa is a water scarce country and we should all be doing our bit to save this precious resource. Here are some easy ways to implement water-saving measures in your home.

1 Check for leaky taps

According to the World Wildlife Fund (WWF), one dripping tap can lose around 30 litres of water a day - so go around your home and fix any leaky taps. And while we're on the subject…

2 Turn the tap off

Don't leave the tap running while you're brushing your teeth or washing your hands. Instead, wet your toothbrush or hands and turn the tap off while you brush or lather up. Then turn the tap on again to rinse.

3 Have short showers

Ditch baths for short, refreshing showers. If you want to go one step further, turn off the tap once you're wet, soap up and/or wash your hair, and only turn the tap on again to rinse off.

4 Use your grey water

There are a number of ways to collect your grey water - from putting a bucket or basin into your shower and collecting the grey water from your washing machine to installing a grey water system in your home. You can use this water to flush your toilets or water your plants. (Just remember that you can't use water from your kitchen.)

5 Adapt your cistern

An average toilet uses about nine litres of water per flush. To reduce your water usage, fill a 2 litre plastic bottle with water and pop it into your cistern - according to the Western Cape Government, this could save you up to 7 300 litres of water annually.

6 Don't flush after every use

This might take a bit of getting used to, but as the saying goes, 'If it's yellow let it mellow, if it's brown flush it down.'

7 Don't do half-loads

Wait until you have full loads before running your washing machine or dishwasher - you'll do fewer loads and save more water.


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