The water supply in South Africa has been declining for a while now. This means that there is no longer enough water supply to provide to those needing water as part of their basic lifestyle needs. South Africa has been ranked amongst the top 30 driest countries in the world. This means that we need to save water and monitor our usage - every drop counts.
We are now required to actively participate in the preservation of our water. Not only because it's becoming too scarce in some areas, but because it's coming our way.
We have put together some tips on how you can save on water and monitor your usage in and around your home:
- Only flush the toilet when it is necessary - do not flush when you only have a tiny piece of toilet paper to flush away.
- Reduce your bath times, choose to take a shower instead.
- If you have a swimming pool, consider covering it up so that the water does not evaporate.
- Avoid using your hosepipe to clean your driveway - rather invest in a jet wash as it uses a lot less water.
- Make sure that you do not have any water leaks at your home. Check your pipes and taps on a regular basis.
- Use recycled water to water your garden / plants
- When you are brushing your teeth, turn off the tap until it is time to rinse.
- Do not let your dishwasher or washing machine run with only a tiny load. Make sure to fill up the loads so you use less water and save on your detergents too.
- When you wash your car, rather use a bucket, and close the tap so it does not run when you are not rinsing off the soap.
- Invest in a smart meter (Flecto Sense meters). This will assist you with monitoring your water usage and making sure you only use what you need.
Saving and minimising the usage of water is a big issue affecting everyone around the world. With the climate change and disrupting weather, our water is becoming less and unpredictable. There are so many small changes each individual can make to save water. Let's avoid losing one of our basic necessities! Let's save our water! Monitor your usage!