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Water Wise: Tips for consumers to help use water sparingly

Water Wise: Tips for consumers to help use water sparingly

Jan 12, 2016

The lack of adequate rainfall and extraordinarily high temperatures have combined to create a dire situation in South Africa.  The high water demand is projected to cause problems like low pressure and water shortages in some parts of the country; but other parts have suffered severe shortages and water has had to be driven to the many people and farm animals.

As it has been doing for some time, both Government and Rand Water is urging consumers to use water sparingly and asking for support in encouraging  families, relatives and friends to do the same.

Please take note of these 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 short baths (less than 20cm).
  • Check for leaks and fix them immediately.
  • Turn off the tap while 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.
  • Apply mulch (grass cuttings, bark chips, stones) 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 and click on the Water Wise logo.

If every person uses water wisely, there will be more water for all.

If you have any queries on being Water Wise please call 0860 10 10 60 or email

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