While Cape Town continues to experience severe water restrictions, the importance of water saving has become a priority in many of our lives. Clean, abundant water is one of the most essential resources around the world.
With the current world population reaching over 7 billion people, our growing use of water for industry, agriculture, sanitation, and drinking has led to freshwater consumption tripling over the last 50 years. To be water wise, it helps to know how much water you are using and how you could use it more efficiently. Here are a few of the most useful tips to save water;
Water saving in the home
Using a plug in the sink to wash dishes instead of washing them under a running tap will reduce your water usage drastically, especially if you ensure you do not thaw frozen food under the running tap without catchment. The water in the sink can be reused for dishes or if you decided to use a bucket to catch this water – you could use it water the plants in your home.
To ensure you have a water wise garden, do not purchase plants that are not labelled water wise. Most reputable garden centres will direct you to plants that are the most water efficient. A top tip for Capetonians is attaching a water tank to your drainpipe. Catching as much water as possible from the rain before a hot summer can assist you in watering your garden and having grey water for your toilet, for example. Purchasing a low-flow showerhead will reduce the amount of water used in your daily showers and reduce the amount of electricity you will use in your shower routine.
Proudly South African Tips
- Only flush the toilet when necessary. Let the yellow mellow at home, work, school, gym, shops, etc.
- Take very short stop-start showers. Wet your body, turn off the tap, soap, then rinse quickly.
- Collect your shower, bath and basin water and re-use it to flush your toilet.
- Wait for a full load before running washing machines and dishwashers. The rinse water from some washing machines can be re-used for the next wash cycle.
- Use a cup instead of running taps in the bathroom or kitchen when brushing teeth, shaving, drinking, etc.
- Defrost foods in the fridge or naturally, rather than placing it under running water.
Checking for leaks
Ensure all taps are fully closed and replace tap washers regularly. A dripping faucet can waste 30 litres a day – that is equivalent to 10 000 litres a year.
Your water meter can help tell you if you have any hidden water leaks. Here’s how: take a reading on your water meter at a time when no water is being used. Recheck it two hours later. If it doesn’t read exactly the same, there is a leak.
Leak detection system: Invest in a device with an inbuilt control valve which automatically shuts off the water supply if a leak or a burst pipe is detected.
Here’s a nifty way to check if your toilet is leaking: add some food colouring to the tank, and if the toilet is leaking, the toilet bowl will have changed colour within 30 minutes.
Check if your toilet handle stays in a downward position. This means that water is continuously running which indicates that it’s time to replace or fix the handle.
Our water philosophy
Deeply rooted in the need to make a difference, we focus on making a profit with purpose. Investing in sustainable water solutions for the broader Western Cape area requires us to be adaptable and open to change. We are focused on the possibilities sea water can bring to our country and how it can aid us in times of need.
Through desalination, we believe sea water can change the way South Africans source sustainable water. Invested in the environment and the future of our country, our philosophy is focused on sourcing services, products and methods that will impact our footprint on the planet.
We strive to be like water. Not set in one form, adaptable and always growing. We believe you can sea the change and taste the difference with all our Aqua Brothers products. Ensuring sustainable water usage requires all residents in the Western Cape to focus on the water consumption and use it responsibly.
While Cape Town continues to experience water restrictions, allow us to equip you with your water needs to stay hydrated in the hot weather ahead of us.
- October 18, 2018