Less than 3% of the earth’s water is fresh – and most of this is inaccessible. Saving water is critical in our dry country.
Behaviour Change – Easy wins that include no bathing; taking short showers every other day; flushing the toilet only when necessary; switching off the tap when brushing your teeth; and only running your dishwasher when it is full.
Toilet Talk – A drop of food colouring in your cistern will show a leak – however small – in your toilet. Get it fixed. Fill a plastic bottle with water and place it in your cistern; this way, less water is used to fill and flush. Or install a dual-flush toilet.
Go Grey – Install a grey water system. It can be simple – bucket and pipes you attach to your drain outlet yourself; DIY kits are available that include a pump and tank. Or have a professional install a system with underground pipes to feed your plants.
Low-Cost Buys- Swap your faucets for water-saving devices. An aerator, costing about R400, on your shower head will save 70% of water and 30% of electricity used, without compromising on the force of water.
It’s Raining It’s Pouring- Harvest your rainwater. For the DIY enthusiast, connect your downpipe straight to your pool. Another option is to get a rainwater harvesting tank. Rainwater can stand in the tank for about six months.
Green Thumbs- Plant indigenous and water-wise plants in your garden (great expanses of lawn are very thirsty). Nurseries offer a slew of options in this regard.
Going All The Way – Dry toilets do not use water and are not connected to a sewer system or septic tank. Alternatively, an underground Bubbler System can be used to recycle and treat your black water for irrigation.
Shopping Spree – When you have to buy new appliances, choose ones that are designed to use less water. Sputnik Wonder Wash Pressure Washing Machine, anyone?
Text: Lorraine Kearney