Monday, October 3, 2011

Practical Ways of Saving Water


There are a number of products on the market that will certainly aid you in your drive to save water; many of them, such as water saving showerheads, are sold at the Association. Inspired by my colleague Greg Beykirch’s excellent article “Water Calculator and the Marginal Cost of Water” we share some of the more practical, water saving tips with you.
  1. Don’t wash dishes under a running tap. Rather fill a second basin and rinse off in there. If you only have the one, afterward empty and refill with fresh water to rinse with.
  2. Water your garden at night and try and save it for days that aren’t windy, this limits evaporation.
  3. Try to position sprinklers strategically to avoid watering your neighbor’s property, the side of your house, the dog box and the street out front.
  4. When not in use, make sure your pool has a cover on it, also to prevent evaporation.
  5. Don’t allow for leaky pipes, be it your pool pump, garden hose, sprinkler system etc.
  6. Use a broom instead of a hose to clean outside areas such as patios and driveways
  7. When rinsing things like vegetables, place a container underneath to capture water and then use it to hydrate plants.
  8. Fix rickety toilets that continually run, or replace with water efficient models.
  9. Water in fish tanks become nutrient-rich, use in your plants or garden when cleaning the tank.
  10. Drink more beer and less water. (This one’s not for real, just thought it would bring a smile to your face:)
Ernest Roper
Regional Manager Durban

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