Saving Water

Water Saving Tips

 

Commit to do one thing each day that will save water. Even if the savings are small, every drop counts.

 

Inside your home:

S Consider a solar water heating system, or a Heatpump to save substantial Rands by lowering your utility bills.

S Toilet leaks waste water. Add several drops of food colouring to the toilet    cistern. If it's leaking, the colouring will appear in the toilet without flushing.

S Collect the water you use for rinsing produce and reuse it to water   houseplants.

S Plug the bathtub before turning the water on, then adjust the temperature as the tub fills up.

S Make sure you know where your master water shut-off valve is located. This could save gallons of water and damage to your home if a pipe were to burst.

S Insulate hot water pipes so you don't have to run as much water to get hot water to the faucet.

S If your shower can fill a bucket of water in less than 20 seconds then replace with a water efficient roses

 

 Around your house:

S Minimize evaporation by watering during the early morning hours, when temperatures are cooler and winds are lighter.

S Divide your watering cycle into shorter periods to reduce runoff and allow for better absorption every time you  water.

S Use a layer of organic mulch around plants to reduce evaporation and save hundreds of gallons of water a year.

S Only water your lawn when needed. You can tell this by simply walking across your lawn. If you leave footprints, it's time to water.

S Adjust your lawn mower to a higher setting. Longer grass shades root systems and holds soil moisture better than a closely clipped lawn.

S When you clean your fish tank, use the water you've drained on your plants. The water is rich in nitrogen and phosphorus, providing you with a free and     effective fertilizer.

S Don't water your lawn on windy days. After all, sidewalks and driveways don't need water.

S Remember to weed your lawn and garden regularly. Weeds compete with   other plants for nutrients, light, and water.

S While fertilizers promote plant growth, they also increase water consumption. Apply the minimum amount of fertilizer needed.

S Set a kitchen timer when watering your lawn or garden with a hose.

S Use a grease pencil to mark the water level of your pool at the skimmer. Check the mark 24 hours later. Your pool should lose no more than 1/4 inch each day.

S Use a screwdriver as a soil probe to test soil moisture. If it goes in easily, don't water. Proper lawn watering can save thousands of litres of water annually.

S Wash your car on the grass. This will water your lawn at the same time.

S Leave lower branches on trees and shrubs and allow leaf litter to accumulate on top of the soil. This keeps the soil cooler and reduces evaporation.

S Start a compost pile. Using compost when you plant adds water-holding organic matter to the soil.

S Bathe your pets outdoors in an area in need of water.