Ways to save water in and around the house

Ways to save water in and around the house

Check that your home is leak free.

Check for any noticeable dripping and leaks. Inspect the taps, pipes, geysers and toilets. A tap dripping at a rate of 1 drop per second could waste up to 10,220 litres of water per year.

An easy way to check if a toilet cistern is leaking into the bowl is to add food coloring to the water in the cistern. If the coloring seeps into the bowl without flushing, there is a leak.

Use your water meter to check for hidden leaks. Make sure all the taps are closed then check the reading on your water meter. Check the meter again after 2 hours of using no water at all. If the meter reading has changed, then there is a leak somewhere.

Saving water in the kitchen.

Don’t let the water run when washing dishes by hand. Fill one basin water for washing and the other with water for rinsing.

Dishwasher generally use less water than washing by hand. Newer models clean more thoroughly allowing you to cut back on pre-rinsing.

Run the dishwasher once it is full.

Wash fruits and vegetables in a bowl of water instead of under the running water from the tap.

Don’t use running water to defrost food. Defrost food by putting it in the refrigerator.

Keep a bottle of drinking water in the fridge instead of running the tap until cooler water comes out.

Cook food in as little water as possible. This also helps the food retain more nutrients.

Collect the water you use when rinsing fruit and vegetables. Use it to water the plants.

Install aerators and flow-reducing valves on your taps.

Install an instant water heater for the kitchen sink so you don’t have to run the water while it heats up.

Water saving in the bathroom.

Taking a shower instead of bathing generally uses less water.

Use less water in the bath and take shorter showers.

Turn the water off while lathering then back on for rinsing.

Collect the running water while waiting for it to heat, to use for watering plants.

Turn the tap off while brushing your teeth.

Place a brick or a bottle filled with water in the toilet cistern to reduce the volume of water used in each flush.

Install aerators and flow-reducing valves on your taps in the bathroom.