With reports of critically low dam levels, Cape Town residents are urged to take water restrictions seriously.
“There is accountability on the part of every individual and business in the area to help curb what could become a water shortage crisis. It is only by working together and being considerate of one another that we can hope to bring an end to these water shortages,” says Graham Craggs, spokesperson for Budget Insurance. “From a financial perspective it also pays to decrease your water usage, helping to reduce your monthly costs,” Craggs adds.
Here are some day-to-day water-consumption tips from Budget Insurance to ensure better water usage, and to prevent extra tariffs:
Fix faults in plumbing throughout your property. A leaking tap can waste thousands of litres of water each year.
Put a brick in your toilet and leave it to mellow. Toilets use more water than is necessary, and flushing can be unnecessary. A brick will substantially reduce water use. Don’t flush the toilet unnecessarily, and rather dispose of tissues, cotton wool, trash, etc. in the rubbish bin.
Save electricity. Eskom uses 3% of South Africa’s water, so saving electricity will ease that burden on the environment.
Shower instead of bathing, and shorten showers and teeth brushing.
Get the kids to shower together instead of separately.
Turn off the tap while brushing teeth. After brushing your teeth, use a glass of water to rinse your mouth
Don’t refill the swimming pool, and rather use a pool cover to prevent evaporation.
Only water your garden when it is absolutely necessary.
When scrubbing dirty dishes, don’t leave the water running.
When shaving, use water in the washbowl to clean your razor between strokes, or use an electric razor.
When using washing machines and dishwashers, make sure they’re on the most water-efficient cycles, and avoid pre-washes.
Consider long-term “investments” such as dual flush toilet mechanisms and low-flow shower heads.
Collect rainwater when it rains. Collecting it in buckets or with a JoJo tank can give you a water source for cleaning your car or watering your garden.
“If every person uses at least some of these tips on a daily basis, it would have an immense impact on conserving our precious and dwindling water reserves,” Craggs concludes.
Issued by Budget Issurance