People in most parts of South Africa currently find themselves experiencing water restrictions. The North Coast of KZN, which is mostly fed from the Hazelmere Dam, is one such area. At the time of writing, the Hazelmere Dam is under 40% full.
We thought we’d give you some water-saving ideas to help the situation along:
– Don’t leave the tap running when brushing teeth, washing face of shaving.
– Take a 5 minute shower once a day, instead of a bath. This will use up only a third of the water a bath will use. Showering uses up to 20 litres of water per minute (wow!) while bathing uses up to 150 litres. If you don’t have a shower, then at least share your bath with others.
– Keep a 15 or 20 litre bucket in your shower and use it to catch the water wasted whilst you wait for the hot water to come through. Move the bucket slightly out the way, but let it still catch your overflow shower water. This water can then be used to fill your toilet cisterns – so your toilets inlet tap can be closed. One bucket should be good for 2 flushes. This will save you between 20-40 litres of water per toilet per day. A total of about 600 litres per month.
– Another tip for showering – open the shower tap, wet your body, close the tap. Then wash. When you are washed, open the shower tap again to rinse off.
– Reduce the toilet flush volume by filling a 1 or 2 litre water bottle with water and placing it in the cistern. This will not affect the working mechanism. A little sand can be added to the bottle for weight.
– If you have an air conditioner, place a bucket under the water outlet pipe to capture any water created. You will be surprised at how much water an air conditioner creates out of air! This can be used to water plants and grass. A garden hose uses up to 30 litres of water per month!
– Don’t overfill pots when cooking with water.
– Save the water used for cooking, once cooled this can be used to water plants.
– Catch your roof water into a Jo-Jo tanker or into buckets and use for watering garden and flushing toilets.
– Buy your drinking water in 5lt bottles from a bulk dealer or have a water dispense installed in your home. These are fairly cost-effective.
If every household practised these tips, it would go a very long way to easing the dire situation.
Thanks for Ilembe District Municipality for some of these tips.