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Tips for saving water around the home

Here are tips for surviving in a water-scarce environment.

The City of Cape Town has introduced level 3B water restrictions as dam levels dipped below 40% this week.

This fine schedule allows for increased spot fines of up to R5 000.

Unsure of what these restrictions may mean for you if you reside in Cape Town? Here’s a quick guide.

To help you stem the tide on free-flowing water in your home, we’re sharing handy tips of saving water around the house.

We also have a really useful, downloadable tip guide to saving water. Get it here.
  • Ditch the bottled water – it takes 3 litres of tap water to make one litre of bottled water
  • Turn off the tap while brushing your teeth and save 9 litres
  • Take a 5 minute shower and save up to 100 litres that baths can use
  • Change to a water-efficient showerhead and half your consumption
  • Turn off the water while washing your hair
  • Flush less when you do and put a 2l bottle filled with water in your cistern 
  • Don’t use water-based toys like water guns, water balloons, etc.
  • If you want to keep your kids cool, use a shallow shell pool
  • If you have a pool, don’t fill it to the top – splashing leads to serious waste
  • Use a pool cover to reduce evaporation 
  • Fix leaky taps – even a slow drip can waste 30 litres a day
  • Only use your dishwasher when its full and stop it before the drying cycle so it can air dry
  • If you fill two sinks; one with soapy water and one with warm water for rinsing, this will use less water than a dishwasher
  • Wash your clothes in cold water to save water and energy
  • Sweep away leaves and debris rather than using a hose to spray them away
  • Minimise how often you wash your car
  • Put buckets in the shower for runoff water and under drains to catch water during rain for your garden
  • Plant a water-wise garden with indigenous drought-resistant plants
  • Water your garden after 6pm
  • Use a watering can to make sure the water goes where it’s needed 
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Saving water doesn't mean you can't still have fun.
© Simon Rawles
When the taps run dry, the alternatives for most are non-existent.

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