Easy, effective ways to save water in the home

2015-11-25 06:23
Fit a dual-flush toilet cistern, i.e. a button for liquid waste (four litres) and a button for solid waste (9nine litres).                                                                    PHOTO: supplied

Fit a dual-flush toilet cistern, i.e. a button for liquid waste (four litres) and a button for solid waste (9nine litres). PHOTO: supplied

Multimedia   ·   User Galleries   ·   News in Pictures Send us your pictures  ·  Send us your stories

A FAMILY of four can use anything between 300 and 800 litres of water in the home per day. This is a large amount considering that many people in the world use as little as 25 litres of water per person per day, or six kilo­litres of water per household per month.

This means that it is entirely possible to conduct your daily tasks such as cleaning, cooking, bathing, drinking and flushing toilets with only 2,5 buckets of water per day.

Water Wise challenges every South African to use as little water as possible per day and suggests how to do it.

Geyser

• Insulate water pipes and geyser.

• Install a solar geyser that uses the sun instead of electricity to heat the water in the geyser. This will also prevent large volumes of water being lost while the cold water is flushed out when the tap is opened.

• Install a solar panel for your energy needs in the house.

Toilet

• Flush only when necessary.

• Place a closed, flat-based 0,5 litre bottle filled with water in your toilet cistern, away from any moving parts, to reduce the amount of water used per flush.

• Fit a dual-flush toilet cistern, i.e. a button for liquid waste (four litres) and a button for solid waste (nine litres).

• Don’t use the toilet as a rubbish bin.

•Install a low-volume toilet, i.e. nine litres­.

• Check if your toilet has a silent leak by putting a little food colouring in your cistern. If the colouring begins to appear in the bowl without flushing, there may be a leak.

• If you have a flush handle, pull up the handle once it’s flushed or bend the float arm downwards, so less water is allowed to refill the cistern.

• Ensure that the washer in the cistern is fitted correctly to stop leaks.

• Replace a tray urinal with a demand urinal valve, i.e. the valve needs to be pushed when water is needed to wash away the waste.

Basin

• Turn off the tap while brushing your teeth.

• Fix dripping taps.

• Don’t turn the tap on full. Turn it off after use.

• Don’t leave the tap running while rinsing or shaving.

• Wash your hands with the plug in place.

• Install aerators or low-flow restricters in your taps.

• Use cold water to wash your hands instead of hot water.

Bath

• Avoid filling the bath to a depth greater than 20 cm.

• Keep the water pressure as low as possible.

• Fix dripping taps.

• Install aerators or low-flow restricters in your taps.

• Reuse bath water for heavy cleaning jobs such as for floors and carpets.

Shower

•Take five-minute showers.

• Install a water-efficient shower head (six to 10 litres a minute).

• Switch off the water between soaping and rinsing your body and hair.

• Place a bucket in your shower to collect the used water, which you can reuse on lawns, shrubs and trees.

Kitchen

• Repair dripping taps.

• Install aerators or low-flow restricters in your taps.

• Soak and scrape dishes and pots into the dustbin before washing them.

• Don’t rinse glasses, fruit and vegetables under running water. Plug the sink and reuse the water in the garden.

• Thaw frozen food in a refrigerator or a bowl of water, instead of under running water.

• Reuse ice for watering plants and for drinking and cooking.

• Don’t wait for a tap to run cold. Keep a bottle of water in the fridge.

• When waiting for hot water to come out of the tap, place a bucket under the tap so that the cold water can be used later.

• Only put as much water into your kettle as you need.

• When boiling water on the stove, cover the pot with the lid.

Dishwasher

• Buy a water (and energy) efficient dishwasher.

• Fully load the dishwasher before use. Use an economy cycle.

• When rinsing dishes before loading the machine, place a small amount of water in the sink and rinse the dishes in that water instead of under running water.

• If you have pre-rinsed your dishes, run your load on a shorter cycle.

Laundry

• Wash your clothes in cold or warm water.

• Ensure that you have a full load of washing when using the washing machine as this saves water and electricity.

• If your washing isn’t very dirty then don’t use the pre-rinse cycle.

• Buy a washing machine that is water (and energy) efficient.

• Buy a washing machine that has different cycle options. This lets you choose a cycle that is more water efficient when heavy duty cleaning is needed.

• Front loaders are more water (and energy) efficient than top loaders or twin tubs.

• Select a machine that offers load detection. If there isn’t a full load, the machine will only use the amount of water needed.

— Property24.

Join the conversation!

24.com encourages commentary submitted via MyNews24. Contributions of 200 words or more will be considered for publication.

We reserve editorial discretion to decide what will be published.
Read our comments policy for guidelines on contributions.

Inside News24

 
PARTNER CONTENT
INFOGRAPHIC: New thinking required for retirement

Everything we believe about retirement is fast becoming outdated.

PARTNER CONTENT
WATCH: How education can change a life

A university education gives students the chance to create a better future for themselves, their families and to opportunity achieve their dreams.

/News

Book flights

Compare, Book, Fly

Traffic Alerts
There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.
 
English
Afrikaans
isiZulu

Hello 

Create Profile

Creating your profile will enable you to submit photos and stories to get published on News24.


Please provide a username for your profile page:

This username must be unique, cannot be edited and will be used in the URL to your profile page across the entire 24.com network.

Settings

Location Settings

News24 allows you to edit the display of certain components based on a location. If you wish to personalise the page based on your preferences, please select a location for each component and click "Submit" in order for the changes to take affect.




Facebook Sign-In

Hi News addict,

Join the News24 Community to be involved in breaking the news.

Log in with Facebook to comment and personalise news, weather and listings.