Water saving tips
There are many ways to save water, both inside and outside your home. Try following these simple waterwise tips at your place:
- Use a timer to cut your shower time. Almost a quarter of total household water is used in the shower.
- When showering, turn the tap off between shampooing and conditioning to save water.
- Turn off running taps while brushing your teeth.
- Install water saving devices such as aerators in your sink taps and water efficient shower heads. They help reduce the flow while maintaining a steady pressure.
- Choose water saving appliances when buying a new washing machine or dishwasher.
- Fix dripping taps and remember to check for possible water leaks if you have an unusual increase in your consumption level.
- Cover the ‘full flush’ button on the toilet to educate children about the importance of saving water and to teach them water is precious.
- When waiting for hot water to come through any tap in your home (shower, sink or laundry) collect the cold water in a bucket and use it to water your plants.
- Use leftover hot, boiled water from the kettle to wash your dirty dishes.
- Use the water saver cycle on washing machines and dishwashers.
- When hand washing clothes, save the wash water and use it to water your garden and pot plants.
- Consider using alternatives to powder detergent in your washing machine. Several products are available which decrease the use of water by eliminating the need to rinse clothes as often.
- Design your garden to be waterwise and keep lawn coverage to a minimum.
- Recycle water wherever possible around the home and re-use it on the garden.