Easy water-saving tips

2016-04-06 06:00

MANAGING household water consumption is not the only thing that saves water. Some simple household maintenance can also save a surprising amount of water. Ways to save water:

• Fix leaks. The average home loses 35 litres of water per day from leaks, most of which are from toilet tanks.

• A leaking tap leaks about 35-40 litres of water per day. A tap that drips at the rate of one drop per second, can waste more than 5 000 litres of water per year. Dripping taps are easily repaired, it’s quick to check, and replace worn-out washers.

• Not only do dripping taps chase your water account up, they also strain the sewerage system. Fixing dripping taps benefits the entire water supply process. Check for leaks by turning off all taps. If your water meter continues to run, you have a leak. Food colouring is a quick and easy way to find a leak in your toilet tank. Add a few drops of bright food colouring to the cistern, and if the toilet is leaking, colour will appear in the toilet within 30 minutes. Check the toilet for worn out, corroded or bent parts.

• Keep tissues and other things out of the toilet - a covered disposal bin can save you money and minimise stress on the municipal sewerage system.

• Don’t flush the toilet unnecessarily - it can waste between seven to 15 litres of water. Instead, fill a large bucket and keep it next to the toilet. Let your family fill the cistern up with a smaller jug, and use only enough to flush properly.

• Stop using two-ply toilet paper as it requires more water per flush. Single-ply toilet paper disintegrates faster and is easier to process in sewerage treatment plants. - Barbra d'Engle.

A leaking tap leaks about 35-40 litres of water per day. A tap that drips at the rate of one drop per second, can waste more than 5 000 litres of water per year

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