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WATER EFFICIENCY: HOW TO TAKE RESPONSIBILITY FOR YOUR OWN USE

Click here to calculate how much water you consume.

Simple and effective ways of water management for all average households:

  • Water your garden by hand in the cool of the day before 10:00 or after 16:00.
  • Sweep paving rather than spraying it off with water.
  • Wash the car using a bucket or at waterless service.
  • Take short showers and on warm days why not shower in the garden!
  • Use a dual flush toilet mechanism or place a brick in the cistern.
  • Use other water and energy efficient household appliances if possible.
  • Rinse washed dishes in a basin and use the rinse water to water herbs or pot plants.

More for the home:

  • Close the tap while brushing your teeth.
  • Choose showering over bathing, and have short two to five minute showers.
  • Keep a bucket on hand to catch water that would normally be wasted as you wait for the water to heat up when running the tap or shower.
  • Install water efficient fixtures such as low-flow taps and shower heads, and dual-flush toilets.
  • Install water tanks to store rainwater for irrigation and pool use.
  • Install a grey water system to use the run off from baths, showers, basins and washing machines and re-use for your garden
  • Install dual pipe Potable and "Purple Pipe" Reclaimed Water plumbing channels for closed loop capabilities.
  • Install Reclaimed Water Treatment Modules for closed loop capabilites.

For the office:

  • Many of the water-saving and reusing actions in the home can also be applied at the office.
  • In addition to flushing, washing, irrigation, and potable use, harvested rainwater and grey water can also be used in fire sprinkler systems and cooling towers.
  • Offices can also reuse black water (treated sewage water) in some instances.
  • Install dual pipe Potable and "Purple Pipe" Reclaimed Water plumbing channels for closed loop capabilities.
  • Install Reclaimed Water Treatment Modules for closed loop capabilites.
  • Besides low-flow taps and shower heads and dual-flush toilets, sinks in office bathrooms can also be fitted with taps that only run for a few seconds at a time or heat pumps that ensure hot water flows immediately, to avoid people wasting it before it heats up.
  • Install automatic shut off valves that utilise a leak detection system, especially for schools and offices.

For municipalities:

  • All of the above can be implemented at their own premises.
  • Run education and awareness campaigns internally and with rate payers.
  • Install automatic shut off valves that utilise a leak detection system, especially for schools and offices.
  • Focus on cost-saving benefits for water users, not just punitive measures.
  • ‘Humanise’ the water shortage story without being sensational, such as SARS did with the tax story.
  • Make consumption more relatable to the consumer, such as explaining that a kilolitre of water can be used to fill 55 buckets with water for washing.
  • Share the story of water in green certified municipal buildings versus non-certified buildings, and show how much money green buildings save.

Be sure that your water saving methods are backed by science and facts, not somebody's "gut feeling".

Click below to download the legally required COCT Non-Potable Water In Use sign for public posting. 

WATER EFFICIENCY: HOW TO TAKE RESPONSIBILITY FOR YOUR OWN USE