- Shower is key: Rather take a shower than a bath (if possible), also replace your shower head with one that is more efficient, and uses less water (like a faucet aerator). Take shorter showers. If you are not re-using your shower water, you could consider putting a bucket with you in the shower, and use that towards watering the garden.
- Plant the seed: Make use of both indigenous and drought-tolerant plants in the garden and the house. They will need much less water to flourish. Succulents are a great option, there is wide variety and they need very little water. Also consider doubling up your fruit and veg garden as the feature garden.
- Use water savvy appliances: Like a dishwasher, using a dishwasher can save you up to 21% on water used to wash the same amount of dishes. Just look for the WaterSense or the ENERGY STAR labels. These appliances are also quite energy efficient.
- Want to keep cool? If you have a pool, ALWAYS keep it covered. If you don’t rather make friends with the neighbours that do, instead of getting your own. You can work out the total volume of your swimming pool with: length x width x depth = answer in cubic meters, 1 cubic meter is equal to 1000 litres of water. This means that if 1 cubic meter of water evaporates per month it’s a thousand litres of water wasted each month.
- Re-use: By catching and re-using shower, bath, and any washing water for gardening, you could save on your irrigation costs, you would be surprised at how much water is used daily for those activities. Here it is key to switch to non-toxic, biodegradable soaps and cleaning materials.
What are you doing daily to save water?