WITH the local and global spotlight on drought and water-saving measures, South Africans are proactively committing themselves to cutting down water usage.
An average household of four using traditional taps and shower heads conservatively consumes around 1 000 litres of water a day, which translates to 30 000 litres a month, and 360 000 litres a year.
This is according to David Cooper, managing director of Hansgrohe, who says that statistics about water scarcity are easy to find, and eco-smart technology is on the rise.
While there has been a big move towards fitting eco-smart technology, Simon Gear, an environmental commentator, says more South Africans should consider making the switch.
He says the fact that water is still cheap stops consumers from making it a big focus.
According to Gear, at some point in the future, the cost of water will rise dramatically. He says that once this happens, we are likely to see more consumers making their home’s water supply more eco-friendly.
Up to 47% of the world’s cities face periodic water crises. In 2025, demand for fresh water will overtake supply in South Africa.
Cut down water consumption
As we all know, South Africa is currently experiencing a severe drought following the El Niño climate cycle that impacts global weather patterns. With this has come water restrictions.
An entry-level eco-shower head uses 7,5 litres per minute, compared to a conventional shower head that starts at 14 litres a minute. So by installing an eco-friendly shower head, homeowners will cut their water consumption, as well as their water bill, substantially.
How does this translate in terms of shower water use?
If we assume that individuals shower for an average of five minutes, this could translate to a savings in shower water use of 130 litres per household, which is 3 900 per month and 46 800 per year, if every family member showers daily.
If we scaled this up to a city with a population of one million people, the savings per year are staggeringly high.
Water usage reduced if outlets were fitted with eco-products
If all water outlets in a home were fitted with eco-products, the water usage would be reduced by at least 60%.
Eco-friendly shower head saves costs
The recommended retail cost of an entry-level eco-shower head, for example, is R225. For a family of four, it would cut water use from showering by around 46,4%.
If water is charged at, say R15,87 per kilolitre, the cost would be recouped within about three months.
After that, there would be ongoing savings.
“Making sure your house is geared to use water as economically as possible is an excellent starting point to becoming water-wise.
“It will stand you in good stead both as a committed social citizen and as a cost-savvy consumer,” said Gear.