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How to be more water wise this year

11 April 2017

Water is a precious commodity that’s becoming more and more scarce in South Africa. Now is the perfect time to reassess your water usage in all parts of your home and try your hand at becoming a water-saving warrior. Not only for your water bill, but for water conservation too!

HERE ARE SOME SIMPLE WAYS TO BECOME MORE WATER WISE THIS YEAR

1. FOR THE BATHROOM

Start using a bucket in the shower. Rather than letting the water pour down the drain, put a bucket under the showerhead while you wait for your shower water to heat up. You can use this excess water for flushing the toilet or watering your plants. While you’re at it, you can also turn off the tap while brushing your teeth. Just leave it running long enough to wet your toothbrush, and then switch it back on when it’s time to rinse your mouth! And in the same way, turn off the tap while washing your hands and save the water until you need to rinse! If you really want to take a bath, put a plug in before you turn the water on, and then adjust the water temperature as the bath fills up.

2. FOR THE KITCHEN

Instead of running the tap while waiting for the water to get cold, keep a jug of tap water in the fridge so you always have refreshingly cold water on hand! Re-use your pasta cooking liquid. Instead of dumping that water down the drain, try draining your pasta water into a large pot. Once it cools, you can use it to water your plants. Also take note of your dishwasher; don’t put it on until it’s full. The half loads (in both your dishwasher and washing machine) add up to liters and liters of wasted water.

3. IN THE GARDEN

Head to the car wash. If you feel compelled to wash your car, take it to a car wash that recycles the water, rather than washing at home with the hose. It also helps to install a rain barrel: this harvests rainwater that can be used to keep your plants hydrated without using a hosepipe or sprinkler system. Another handy tip is to water your outdoor plants in the early morning or early evening using a watering can rather than a hosepipe. Because it’s usually cooler at these times of the day, you’ll be losing less water to evaporation.

4. FOR GENERAL USE

If you’re updating any of your appliances, choose those with water-saving technology. This applies to washing machines, dishwashers and even toilets! It’s also worthwhile to fix any leaks that may be concerning you. They seem small at the time, but you could be wasting liters of water and adding unnecessary expenses to your water bill.

Not only will these basic tips help save the very precious water we have left, they will also bring down your monthly water bill, and who doesn’t want to save some extra cash?! You don’t need to feel intimidated by these tips, and you most certainly don’t need to instil all of them at once. Choose one or two that seem realistic and doable for you personally and head to Household Plastics to buy what you need. You’ll begin to slowly improve your water-saving skills and you’ll also start to form habits over time; conserving water will soon be second nature to you!

Wanting to conserve more water this year?

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