21 Feb Water saving tips – little effort required
You’ve probably seen a million posts on water saving, so you’re probably giving this one a skip. But, if you keep reading, you’ll get some super easy tips that’s no effort at all.
Everyone is telling you what to do and not to do to contribute to water saving. I get it, it’s annoying. Fact is that South Africa has a water crisis. Some of us are ignorant enough to believe that it’s only the Cape region, but it’s actually the entire country. The Cape area is just the first region that’s facing an imminent day zero. Don’t be fooled, the rest of South Africa isn’t too far behind if we don’t do something.
It’s evident that a lot of people are ignoring the restrictions – just drive around Jozi and see all the gardens being watered in the middle of the day or burst pipes not being fixed with urgency. Truth is, everyone is banking on their neighbour to save water, so obviously they don’t have to. Fact is, we all need to save water and we all can, there’s no excuses.
People have a perception that saving water is effort and that’s one thing you can’t ask of anyone in 2018 – How dare anyone ask you to strain yourself even if it’s literally life-saving?
I am here to tell you that if you make small changes in your daily routine, you can save a whole lot of water, and if everyone does it, we might just keep day zero at bay in other parts of the country.
Easy water-saving tips:
If you “just CAN’T deal” with 2-minute showers because you have long hair or whatever shyte excuse you have, why not cut your shower by 2 to 3 minutes? Ideally, have a 2-minute one, but you’ll be saving 22 litres for every minute you cut. Also, get a water saving shower head. They’re not expensive and cuts down water usage by 50% without you thinking about it. I have one and it hasn’t changed my shower experience. You can get it at Builders Warehouse.
Don’t bath. A bath can take up to 200 litres of water.
Skip a day of washing your hair and use dry-shampoo every other day.
Keep a bucket in your shower to catch some of the water. This goes especially for the water we all waste when waiting for the water to heat up. Use this water to flush the loo and water your plants.
Speaking of loos, put a brick in the cistern. This is super old-school, but it cuts down on the amount of water that fills it.
Only flush when necessary. A single flush uses between 6 and 14 litres of water, depending on your loo.
Close the tap when you brush your teeth. Simple.
Collect the water you waste when waiting for hot water when you wash your face at the sink. Use this water in your kettle.
Don’t wash your dishes under a running tap. Fill the sink and wash it in there.
Shower with your partner. You laugh, but it cancels out an entire shower.
Do full loads of laundry. A load can use up to 150 litres, so don’t do half ones.
Water plants after 18h00 or before 06h00 – that’s 6pm and 6am if you don’t understand. This is good for your plants in any case. When you water your plants in the heat of the day most of the water evaporates, and they don’t retain as much moisture. Don’t be a dick cos you’re lazy, just stick to this rule.
Report all burst pipes and people watering their gardens during the day.
Drink more G&Ts, wine and beer 😊
As with most things in life, it’s the little things that have the biggest impact. Do the right thing, save water. As an added bonus to ensuring we have enough water, you’ll also see a difference in your monthly water bill.