Water Restrictions: The DOs and DONTs
Water restrictions – The do’s and don’ts
A day never passes without hearing about water restrictions in Cape Town. Everyone is talking about it. The reality is that we must learn, adapt and implement change in order to make a difference. MobeeCarWash encourages using less than the 87L guideline. Let’s make understanding water restrictions easy and fun. If you’re saving water by using a waterless wash then why not save water in your households.
We’ve taken the time to go through the City of Cape Town’s website and extract the most important things you need to know. Like and share this with your friends and family and encourage everyone to make a difference.
- Use borehole water to water your garden. Remember to only do this on Tuesdays and Saturdays before 9 am and 6 pm for less than 1 hour
- Calculate how much water your household uses. Every drop saved matters. Calculate your usage at https://mycapetownneeds.co.za/thinkwater/calculator.html
- Ensure that taps are closed and not leaking
- Head to your hardware store or look online for water saving parts, fittings and technologies for your household
- Recycle non-drinking/stored rainwater by using it to flush your toilets
- Have your car washed using waterless technologies
Did you know that you can apply for an exemption from water restrictions? Visit the City of Cape Town for all you need to know.
- Top-up your swimming and portable play pools. Head to the beach if you really need to cool down
- Water your garden with drinking water
- Clean your paved areas with municipal drinking water. Give it a good sweep
That wasn’t that bad, was it? Here are a few ways you can save water based on a detailed web search.
How can I save water?
- Reduce your properties water pressure. Follow this easy guide to get started: http://bit.ly/2xxpI7F
- Use an accredited plumber to fix any leaks
- Use a shower bucket: Care2.com encourages using a shower bucket
“Instead of letting the water pour down the drain, stick a bucket under the faucet while you wait for your shower water to heat up. You can use the water for flushing the toilet or watering your plants.”
- You can still keep your paving/hard surfaces clean, just “use a broom, not a hose, to clean driveways and sidewalks” This is one of the quickest and easiest ways to make a change. Eartheasy has a great selection of water saving tips for gardeners
- Choose water conserving appliances and fixtures. Tap aerator, low flow shower heads are only two examples
- Have a conversation with your two best friends, Youtube and Google. There are so many amazing ways people across the world are saving water. Do a quick web search and find out how much more you can save
- Challenge your friends and family to see who can use the least amount of water. You can do this over a 10-day period. At the end of the challenge, meetup and share your newfound water savviness
Thank you for taking the time to learn more about saving the current water restrictions and how you can save. Like, comment and share this with your friends and family.