Save Water around your Home as part of your Property Maintenance
The severe rationing of the water supply in the Western Cape and other parts of the country is an indicator that water shedding in South Africa is a reality. It is now more important than ever to be vigilant in saving water. Even though we are not affected as much as the homeowners closer to Cape Town, it is still our responsibility to save water wherever we can.
Here are some tips for homeowners to save water in and around the home:
Fix the leaks
Walk in and around your home and check for leaky faucets and pipes. A lot of water can go to waste when a tap is leaking. It might not seem like much for one home, but multiple homes can cause 1000’s of litres of water to go to waste every day.
Save water in the kitchen
A lot of us are guilty of rinsing cups and dishes under running water even before washing it. The water goes straight down the drain. A viable solution for this is to put a container or bucket under the tap that can collect the water before it goes to waste. This water can be used elsewhere in the home, be it to flush the toilet or for watering plants. Always keep water in the fridge, rather than drinking straight from the tap. Only use dishwashers and washing machines with full loads and not small loads at multiple times.
In the Bathroom
Always turn off the tap while brushing teeth and rather rinse mouth with water from a glass and not from the tap. Limit time in the shower to 90 seconds if possible. Do not flush the toilet every time you use it but only when required. Use a displacement device in your cistern to reduce the volume of water used in each flush.
We would like to remind homeowners that Struisbaai, L’Agulhas and Suiderstrand do have water restrictions for irrigation in place. This means that homes with uneven street numbers are only allowed to irrigate gardens on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays while homes with equal street numbers only on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays. Gardens may only be irrigated between 07h00 and 08h00 in the morning and no driveways or paving can be hosed off with municipal water.