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• Reuse bath water to water your plants.
• Ensure washing machines or dishwashers have a full load before starting the washing process.
• Do not over-fill containers like cooking pots and kettles, as this may result in wasting water and using more electricity.
• Wash vegetables and fruits in a plugged sink or bowl rather than under a running tap. Reuse this water to water plants.
• Store drinking water in the refrigerator so that you do not have to let the tap run, while you are waiting for cool water to flow.
• Do not wash your dishes under running water.
• Rinse glasses and cutlery in a plugged sink or bowl, rather that under a running tap (reuse this water for other purposes).
• A toilet leak can waste up to 30 litres of water in an hour. Check for leaks by adding food colourant to the cistern. If the cistern is leaking, the water in the bowl will change colour. Fix the leak as soon as possible.
• Ensure all taps are fully closed. A dripping tap (at a rate of one drop per second) could waste up to 30 litres of water per day and a total of 10 000 litres per year.
• Replace tap washers regularly and fit tap aerators to restrict and spread the flow of water. This actually saves water, while it feels as if you are using the same amount.
• If you have a shower in your house, rather take a shower instead of a bath.
• Use a cup or glass of water to rinse when brushing your teeth.
• Drink water from a cup or a glass, not from a running tap.


• Wash a car on the grass so that you water the lawn at the same time. Use a bucket of water instead of a hosepipe.
• Repair swimming pool leaks immediately and use a pool cover to reduce evaporation.
• Keep water levels in the pool low to minimise unnecessary splashing.
• Make use of a broom instead of a hosepipe when cleaning outside areas such as driveways and patios.
• Install Jojo tanks for rain water harvesting. It is the accumulation of rainwater for reuse at home. The rain gutters can be installed in such a way that they direct the water to the Jojo tank rather than allowing it to run off. The harvested water can be used for watering the garden, as well as water for livestock, irrigation and for domestic use with proper treatment.


• Turn off taps left running by irresponsible individuals.
• Report all leaks and drips immediately to those responsible for maintenance.
• Maintenance staff should regularly check on plumbing systems and toilet fittings to prevent water wastage.
• Flush valves should flush for just 2-4 seconds and urinals for 6-8 seconds.


• Never water your garden during windy or hot weather conditions.
• Preferably water your garden before 10:00 in the morning or after 17:00 in the afternoon.
• Water your plants slowly at the roots and not at the leaves.
• Remember to fit your hosepipe with a trigger nozzle to regulate its water flow better.
• Plant indigenous plants in your garden, because they usually require less water (ask your nursery for advice).
• Do not plant exotic or alien plants in your garden, because they often use more water (ask your nursery for advice).
• Do not cut your lawn too short. A higher cut encourages grass roots to grow deeper and holds soil moisture better.
• Use mulches around plants as it retains soil moisture for a longer period.
• Make sure the beds in your garden are level, as this will prevent water run-off.
• Water your garden with rain water. Place a container under your roof to collect rain water for this purpose.