It looks like Cape Town is headed for Level 4 water restrictions from the 1st of June 2017, which means that no municipal water may be used outside your house for any purpose – no exemptions. Here are some ways you can radically reduce your water usage to get through this dry spell.
Take a moment to think before you even turn on the tap: do you need a bath today, or will a quick wash or shower be enough? The same goes for laundry - do you need to do a load today, or can some outerwear just do with a good airing on the line?
Real water-saving tips
Kitchen: there are all sorts of practical tips on how to save precious water. It’s amazing how we can get used to little water-saving habits like:
- Keep 3 bowls of water in the kitchen: one for washing hands, one for surface wipe downs, and one for rinsing fruit and veg. When the water gets too dirty, just use it to water the garden!
- Another great tip is to only boil the amount of water you need in the kettle – enough for one or two cups of tea, as you need. This tip also saves electricity.
- For shaving, just put a small amount of water in a cup and use it to wet your and to rinse your razor. When done, throw it into the toilet bowl. Do the same thing for brushing teeth.
- A big water-saver is keeping an empty bucket or two inside the stall when you shower: when finished, throw that water into your toilet cistern.