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Consumer Tips: Stop flushing away precious water

Consumer Tips: Stop flushing away precious water

Aug 21, 2014

There is a growing water crisis in South Africa and across the continent. Climate change has affected water supplies within the region and rains that normally supply the country’s water has become infrequent and flooding has also created issues. Cities may be forced to impose water restrictions on communities across the continent and every individual is being asked to become more aware of their water usage and encouraged to save wherever they can.

How can you help?

Toilets account for over a quarter of our daily water use in the home and saving water here can reduce the amount your family uses in a month along with your water bill. As a finite resource, any water saving is better than none at all – and every home can help out. Here’s a quick and easy way your family can assist:

  • Take a used two litre cool drink bottle and place some sand or gravel into it, to about half way. You can add a bit of water for weight, but using only water won’t keep the bottle from moving around in your cistern.
  • Place the bottle into your toilet’s tank and next time you flush, less water will be required in the cistern due to the displacement caused by the bottle. Saving a couple of litres every time you flush may not sound like much, but every litre adds up – especially in larger families.
  • If you are building a new home or renovating your bathroom, speak to your contractor about a “low flush” toilet, which will add to water savings. Check for toilet leaks by putting some food colouring into the cistern. If colour appears in the toilet bowl within a half hour, you have a leak – call a plumber and save more water.
  • Don’t leave the tap running while brushing your teeth – and teach your children to do the same. If you spot a tap leaking anywhere on your property, it’s going to cost you money (and precious water) if you just leave it. Call in a plumber or ask your local hardware store dealer to show you how to replace the rubber ring or valve.

There’s much that can be done by each of us to save water and, yes, every drop counts.

To learn more about water and the importance of managing it – even at home – visit The Water Project’s website.

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