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As dam levels across the country continue to drop due to the devastating drought conditions affecting most parts of South Africa, it is vital for all citizens to play a part in ensuring responsible water usage and conservation.
In this article, we share with you some water-saving measures that you can implement around your home, as well as water awareness information to help you and your family to be more water savvy this holiday season.
WATER CONSERVATION IN THE HOME
Get a leak check up
Do not use the toilet as an ashtray or wastebasket
Every time you flush a cigarette butt, facial tissue or other small bit of trash, five to seven litres of water is wasted.
Install water-saving showerheads
Turn off the water after you wet your toothbrush
There is no need to keep the water running while brushing your teeth. Just wet your brush and fill a glass for mouth rinsing.
Rinse your razor for shaving in the sink
Fill the sink with a few centimetres of warm water. This will rinse your razor just as well as running water with far less waste of water.
Use your dishwasher and clothes washer for full loads only
When washing dishes by hand, do not leave the water running for rinsing
If you have a double-basin, fill one with soapy water and one with rinse water. If you have a single-basin sink, gather washed dishes in a dish rack and rinse them with a spray device.
Do not let the taps run while you clean vegetables
Just rinse them in a stoppered sink or a pan of clean water.
Keep a bottle of drinking water in the fridge
Running tap water to cool it off for drinking water is wasteful. Store drinking water in the fridge in a safe drinking bottle.