Water Saving Tips
Stop Those Leaks! Many silent leaks allow fresh clean water and your money to go down the drain, read your water meter before and after a two-hour period when no water is being used. If the meter does not read exactly the same, there is a leak.
If you have a leaky tap, replace the washer. A tap leaking at the rate of one drop per second can waste around 10,000L of water every year.
Leaking toilets can waste a lot of water—up to 10 litres per hour or more. If you can visibly see water flowing into the bowl, or hear the cistern ‘hissing’ as water flows into it, then you should get it fixed immediately. If unsure check for toilet tank leaks by adding food coloring to the tank. If the toilet is leaking, color will appear within 30 minutes (Flush as soon as test is done, since food coloring may stain tank.)
Reduce Water Usage Inside Your Home! Never put water down the drain when there may be another use for it such as watering a plant or garden, or cleaning.
In the bath: Don't leave the water running while cleaning your teeth or shaving. Use the plug to reserve a little water for rinsing instead. Don't let cold water run down the drain while you're waiting for your shower to heat up. Instead, capture the water in a bucket and use it to water your garden. Try to restrict your shower time - five minutes is plenty of time to get clean. Put a timer in the shower if it's hard to keep track. Short visits to the toilet might not require flushing.
In the laundry: Buy an energy-efficient washing machine. Wait until you've got a full load before you use the washing machine or properly set the water level for the size of load you are using. Consider installing a rain water tank or/and a grey water treatment system and connect it to the washing machine.
In the kitchen: When washing dishes by hand, fill one sink or basin with
soapy water. Quickly rinse under a slow-moving stream from the tap. Operate
automatic dishwashers when it is fully loaded or properly set the water level
for the size of load you are using. Store drinking water in the refrigerator
rather than letting the tap run every time you want a cool glass of water.
Defrost food overnight in the refrigerator or by using the defrost setting on
your microwave instead of using running water to thaw meat or other frozen
foods. Wash vegetables in a basin or a partly filled sink - not under running
Low Cost Actions! Insulate hot water pipes so that water isn't waste waiting for hot water to heat up. Install low-flow shower heads. Install flow aerators on taps and reduce their water flow by half.
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