South Africa is a Water Scarce Country

water scarcity in South Africa

Help conserve this precious resource by following these water-saving tips:

In and around the house/business

  • Turn the tap off between washing your face, brushing your teeth or shaving.
  • Taking a five minute shower a day, instead of a bath, will use a third of the water used in a bath, saving up to 400 litres a week.
  • If you prefer a bath, don’t overfill the bath tub.
  • Don’t overfill containers for example cooking pots; more energy will be used to heat up the water.
  • Reducing the toilet flush volume alone can save 20% of total water consumption.  A simple way of achieving this is to fill a 2 litre cold drink bottle with water and sand (to add weight) and place it in the cistern [commonly known as a ‘toilet hippo’].
  • Fix leaking toilets; a leaking toilet can waste up to 100 000 litres of water in a year.
  • Avoid flushing the toilet unnecessarily.  Use ‘grey water’ to flush your toilet.  Grey water is used water from baths, washing machines and other safe sources.
  • Do not over-fill or excessively backwash your swimming pool.
  • Use a bucket of water rather than a hose to wash your car.
  • Farmers must ensure that toxic pesticides are kept away from water sources and streams.
  • Factories should become more aware of what they discharge into the wasts water system; heavy metals and other contaminants should be safely disposed of.

In the garden

  • Always water your plants during the early morning hours or in the evening when temperatures are cooler.  In South Africa, between 10h00 and 15h00, up to 90% of the water can be lost due to evaporation.
  • Focus on indigenous plants and non-water-consumptive exotic plants (but not alien invasive species).
  • Water gardens less frequently but water well when you do.
  • Be aware that a garden hose can release up to 30 litres of water per minute.
  • Rainwater Harvesting: Rainwater can also be collected and profitably stored in water tanks for watering gardens.
  • Use greywater to water your garden

Source: Department of Water Affairs, South Africa (educational pamphlet)
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