Water is one of our most valuable resources – you can help to save water
Unfortunately, due to the ‘low’ cost of water and no serious water shortages for most of us, we waste vast amounts of water daily. Fortunately, just by changing a few of your habits you can save water every day.
- Close the tap while brushing your teeth, soaping your hands or shaving (this habit can save you up to 9 liters every evening)
- Don’t drink water directly from the tap – use a glass.
- Save water by using a glass of water when brushing your teeth, washing your toothbrush and rinsing your mouth.
- Sweep the patio and outside areas rather than hosing it down and save water.
- Use a plug in the basin instead of rinsing dishes under running water. If you use environmentally friendly soap you can rinse the dishes in a portable basin or container and use the water for your plants afterwards.
- Use a container to rinse vegetables, salads and fruit. This way you can re-use the water for your garden afterwards.
- Don’t throw away water that you boiled vegetables in as this water is extra nutritious for plants.
- Cook your food in less water – choose the right size pot beforehand. (If you have to heat less water it will save electricity as well).
- Throw water that you boiled eggs in over your plants.
- Insulate hot water pipes to shorten the water heating time.
- If the hot water still takes a while to reach the tap, catch the cold water in a bucket and use it for your kettle or to give your pets water (this is clean water that just ends up in the drain because it is cold…).
- Use a sponge and bucket when washing your car instead of the garden hose.
- Fix all water leakages in your home.
- Plan ahead and don’t defrost frozen food under running water. Start defrosting a day ahead of time by placing the item in the fridge.
- Never shave in the shower – or close the tap while shaving in the shower.
- Take a 5 minute shower (shorten your shower time if it is more than 5 minutes) rather than a bath and save up to a third of the water and up to 400 liters a week. A shower can use up to 20 liters per minute.
- If you do choose to bath – do not fill the bath to the top. An astounding 80 – 150 liters water is used per bath.
- Only wash clothes if you have a full load.
Keep an eye on your monthly water bill and make a point of trying to cut it with as many liters (or thousands of liters) as possible.