South Africa is in the midst of its worst drought in 23 years, and saving water should be a priority to all of us. As water restrictions loom, there are a few ways you can save water every day that you might not have thought of before.
But don’t just do this because of the drought, try to incorporate it as a way of life. Mother Earth says thank you!
1. If it’s broken, fix it
You might have tuned out the sound of water dripping in your sink long ago, but a dripping tap wastes up to 76 liters of water. Mother Earth shakes her head in disdain.
Fix the leak as soon as you notice it, and put a bucket under it in the mean time. A good plumber is going to save you hundreds of rand in the long run.
2. Waste not, want not
Use a bucket to collect water from the shower while you’re waiting for it to warm up. Collect the water from your bath when you’re done.
Greywater, or water that has been used once, is still quite useful for watering your garden. This will ensure that your garden is green and lush, even with water restrictions. Don’t let any rain water go to waste, either. Call your bucket ‘Mother Earth’s Little Helper’.
3. If you’re not using it, close it
Simply turning off the tap when you’re brushing your teeth saves 6 litres of water per minute. This means you’re saving 12 litres if you brush for two minutes (which is how long you should be brushing, according to dentists).
Close the tap while you’re lathering the shampoo or soap in the shower, and rinse off when you’re squeaky clean. Don’t flush the toilet for a tissue: your toilet uses about 6 litres of water every time you flush.
4. Cut down on the shower singing
We’re not saying you should stop singing in the shower altogether, but try to keep it under 4 minutes. If you’re an Adele fan, “Set Fire to the Rain” is perfect at 4 minutes, but “Hello” is just a little long at almost 5 minutes.
Every minute you spend lamenting that past relationship in the shower uses between 6 and 45 litres of water. Keep it short and sweet.
5. Report that river in the road when you see it
We drive past leaking and burst pipes every day, but rarely report them. If a leaking tap can waste up to 76 litres of water a day, imagine the amount that goes to waste every minute a broken pipe sends streams of water running down the street. Report any leaks you notice immediately.
These easy tasks will become habitual very quickly once you start using them every day. Don’t be a water waster. You’ll have Mother Nature’s blessing.