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You don’t need to shower or bath in groups to be water wise….

This was the suggestion by City of Joburg on Friday when discussing how to save water…. I’m not sure who there thought this was a great tip but I’m pretty sure that ranked as the comdey tweet of the day for those of us on Twitter.

Thankfully, Rand Water has some far more useful and …. um… user friendly tips on how to be water wise and really the time is now to start getting smarter with your water usage as  water shedding and restrictions loom.

Here are some of their tips:

Here are some Water Wise tips:

• Only use what you need! Don’t waste water!

• Toilets are one of the biggest water users. Remember: “If it’s yellow, let it mellow. If it’s brown, flush it down.”

• Turn off urinals that run continuously, especially after hours.

• Take short showers (less than 5 minutes). •

Take shallow baths (less than 20 cm).

• Check for leaks and fix them immediately.

• Turn off the tap whilst brushing teeth or shaving. •

Try to not water your garden. If really necessary, please water only between 7-9 am and 4-8 pm. •

Do not wash your car with water. Use a waterless car wash.

• Apply mulch (grass cuttings, bark chips, stones, etc.) to your garden as it can reduce water use by up to 70%.

• Sweep any paving with a broom instead of washing it with water.

• Report water leaks to your local municipality.

• Spread the Water Wise message at home, at school and at work.

For more Water Wise tips please log onto www.randwater.co.za and click on the Water Wise logo. IF EVERY PERSON USES WATER WISELY THERE WILL BE MORE WATER FOR ALL. PLEASE HELP US TO HELP YOU!

And here are some of the things I remember doing when we had water restrictions in Cape Town a few years ago:

  • Only use your washing machine when you have a full load, this reducing not just water usage but electricity useage too.
  • Shower with a large drum or bucket in the shower that can collect all residual water from the shower rose, you can use this to water plants and pot plants.
  • We put buckets in all our drais so dishwasher, basin and washing machine water is collected and can be used for watering plants.
  • What are some of the things you’re doing to to be water wise as we head into one of the worst droughts in decades and water shortages and restrictions are imminent.
  • Only use your dishwasher when its full
  • Kids share baths
  • Heck, we’re even emptying Hannah’s potty into the plants in the garden, every drop counts!

Spread the word and share your tips please!

For more tips and information on being water wise and doing your bit during water shortages, see here: http://www.waterwise.co.za/site/home.html




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