Ways to cut water waste and save money

2016-01-28 06:00

RECENT water restrictions have brought home to many consumers just what a scarce and costly resource water is.

This is according to Berry Everitt, MD of the Chas Everitt International property group, who says the shortages are especially evident in summer, so homeowners should be doing everything they can right now to cut usage and keep their bills down.

Suggestions from water-saving experts:

• Water early and late: set sprinkler systems to water your lawn and garden beds in the pre-dawn or post-sunset hours. Without the sun competing for your water, you’ll have more water going into the soil instead of evaporating, and you will be able to water less frequently.

• Don’t water the driveway or patio: check your sprinklers regularly to ensure that they are working properly and spraying water where you want it. Directional sprinkler heads will ensure that your watering rands are only spent on things that grow.

• Install rain sensors: available from hardware shops and irrigation equipment suppliers, these sensors will override the sprinkler system’s settings, so you don’t double up on Mother Nature.

• Save the rain: putting water barrels or rain tanks under your downpipes to collect storm run-off from your roof is one of the best ways to keep outdoor water usage down. You can use the water to fill watering cans or buckets, and water wherever your sprinkler system doesn’t reach. If you install the tanks on platforms, you may also be able to generate enough pressure to run a hose.

- Don’t pressure wash anything: always use a rake, broom or leaf vacuum to clean your lawn and driveway, and to wash your car, use a bucket and sponge.

• Check for leaks: attend to dripping taps immediately and check regularly for unseen leaks by turning off all your taps indoors and out, including the water supply to the toilet, to see if your water meter is still turning. If it is, call an expert to find and fix the problem as soon as possible - even a small leak could cost you hundreds of rands a year. A dripping tap wastes about a litre of water an hour, or even more. - Property24.

Don’t water the
driveway or patio: check your sprinklers regularly to ensure that they are working properly and spraying water where you want it

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