Steps everyone can take to save water

As a largely coastal area, BCM assures us that we aren’t in are not facing a drought crisis yet but that’s no reason to not start saving water now.

There are a number of ways in which that households can become more water- wise.
Residents can start by checking their your pipes for leaks and getting them repaired promptly.
We’ve all seen a burst pipe or two flooding the streets, so we know how much water can be wasted through faulty maintenance.
Granted, it’s doubtful that a leak of that magnitude has sprung up in your house without you noticing but even a slow drip can, if left unchecked, add up to a lot of water wasted.

WATER WISE: Switching off your taps properly can save a lot of water in the long run
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It’s not just one’s pipes that should be checked, but faucets too.
Make sure that to you turn your taps off properly when you are done so that they aren’t left dripping. The same goes for your toilet cisterns.

Speaking of cisterns, consider putting an empty plastic bottle inside to help save water when flushing. It sounds like a strange thing to do but it does work.

Gardens are another area that can use up a lot of water in a short amount of time. Thankfully there are a number of ways which can reduce a your garden’s thirst.

First, fill your gardens with local plants. South African flora is naturally drought- resistant so it requires less water to maintain.
Another good idea is to move your more delicate plants to a shady area to prevent water loss through direct sunlight.

The next step is to ditch the hosepipe and pick up a watering can.
Yes, a can is harder work but think about all the water wasted you waste with a hose, even as one moves between plants.
It’s estimated one that you can save up to 26 buckets of water every hour by switching to a watering can.

Rainwater tanks are a must for anyone serious about saving water.
Rainwater can be put to use in many different ways such as irrigation, laundry, and washing dishes. However, it’s a good idea to boil it first if it is to be used for drinking water.

Finally, there are plenty of small steps one you can take that all add up to a lot of water saved, such as taking shorter showers, washing one’s car with a bucket instead of a hose, and only using the your washing machine when it is full.

By following these steps, we can all save water.

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