March 21, 2017
#FixForwardFix: Saving Water at Home [Updated]
As we all know, Cape Town is experiencing one of the worst water shortages in decades. Although we’ve had a little rain around of late, it is nowhere near enough and dam levels remain alarmingly low.
In light of the water shortages and the rapidly approaching end of year holidays, we thought we’d compile another #FixForwardFix with some handy tips and tricks to help you reduce your household water consumption.
1. Conduct a ‘water audit’ at home. How much is your average consumption, based on your utility bill? Make a note of your water use for a week and look at how you could cut back on certain things. Generally, between 40 and 60% of water use at home is considered non-essential (filling pools, washing cars etc).
2. Water your garden with grey water from your bath or sink. And make sure to only do it in the early morning or evening when there is less chance of evaporation due to heat. Drought resistant plants are a good idea too! Contact us to chat about installing your home grey water system.
3. Capture your rain water! While it might seem ironic to say this in a time of drought, but if everyone captures their rain when it does fall, the impact of it not falling will be considerably less.
4. Wage wars on leaks! An estimated 37% of water is lost from leaks in urban supply systems. Those leaks cost South Africa about R7.2 billion in 2016 alone. Report municipal leaks and make sure all your plumbing at home is tight. Call a Fix Forward plumber if yours requires expert attention.
5. Don’t pour toxic substances down drains! This means paints, oils, solvents and the like. The filtration needed to get rid of these harmful chemicals places further strain on the fresh water supply.
6. Use ‘economy mode‘ on all appliances that require water.
7. Install water saving devices on your shower toilets and taps. A common example is fitting aerators on your taps, dual flush toilet systems and low-flow shower heads.
8. If you rent your house out on AirBnb or a similar service, make sure to let your guests know about the city’s water shortages. Many international tourists visiting over the next few months have no idea of the situation, so make sure you communicate that in your correspondence and in your welcome pack. Also be sure to hide your bath plugs!
8. Cover your swimming pool to prevent evaporation.
9. Try a few ‘classic’ bathroom fixes – take short showers instead of baths, don’t leave the tap running while brushing your teeth and exercise restraint when deciding when to flush your toilet. Last but not least, put a brick in the toilet cistern so that it requires less water to fill.
10. Rinse fruit, vegetables and crockery in a bowl or sink with a plug – not under running water.
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