STARTS WITH YOU
Remember: Small changes make a big impact, so saving a little water can make a huge difference.
Implementing some eco-wise home improvements can save hundreds of litres of water every day.
We can all still enjoy our daily activities and save water at the same time.
Every drop counts, only use what you need.
If you have children at home, stick some fun graphics around the house to encourage them to save water and learn about water conservation.
To help save water when you flush, fill a 2 litre bottle with water and put into the cistern.
Buy an Energy Star labelled washing machine and dishwasher.
A pool cover will drastically reduce water evaporation from your swimming pool. Install a backwash tank that will allow you to reuse 90 percent of the water and put it back into the pool.
Install a water-saving showerhead with an aerator. Tap aerators are also known as flow regulators; a small attachment either fits onto the end of the shower head or can be inserted into the existing spout. The aerator acts as a sieve, separating a single flow of water into many tiny streams which introduces air into the water flow.
WHAT IS GREYWATER?
Greywater is the name given to water that’s already been used for laundry, hand-washing, showering, and bathing (not sewage water or water from washing nappies).
Greywater is perfectly suitable for watering the garden, irrigating your lawn, and more. It contains traces of dirt, food, grease, and hair which become pollutants but to plants, these things are nutrients and valuable fertilizers.
If you’re watering vegetables, just make sure the greywater doesn’t touch any edible parts of the plant.
Most importantly, be sure to use biodegradable, environment-friendly and non-toxic cleaning products.
WATERWISE YOUR GARDEN
Water is a scarce and dwindling resource in South Africa and during a drought, we watch as our gardens slowly die of thirst.
Next time you’re at the nursery, chat to your local nurseryman about the right plants to make your garden water wise. Some plants include sour fig, aloes, succulents, fynbos, buchu, lavender, and spekboom.
Mulching between your plants also helps to conserve water. Mulch is any type of material that is spread or laid over the surface of the soil as a covering. It helps retain moisture, suppresses weeds, and make the garden bed look more attractive. Organic mulches also help improve the soil’s fertility, as they decompose. You can use leaves, grass cuttings, nut shells, bark, wood chippings, sawdust or straw.