Saving our H2O resources should be a priority for all of us. To help you make the necessary difference, our friends over at sustainable.co.za posted a great blog offering practical water-saving tips and product info. Enjoy the read and start saving water in a big way!
WATER, WATER EVERYWHERE BUT NOT A DROP TO SPARE
By Zeke from Sustainable.co.za, originally posted 18 January 2017
With 2016 experiencing the lowest rainfall recorded in South African history and water restrictions implemented nationwide, it is no wonder that there is a growing number of people concerned about the future of our most precious commodity – water.
At Sustainable.co.za, we have turned our focus to providing the latest and most affordable options to save water in your own home. We also have a few tricks up our sleeve for those who are not in a position to buy the goods but still want to be a part of the solution.
First and foremost, you must try to reuse water at home, this can be done in the following ways:
- Endeavour to buy eco-friendly detergents and soaps so that the water is safe for your garden.
- Put a small amount of water in your bathroom basin so people can use this to wash their hands.
- Shower for 5 minutes or less.
- Leave a bucket in the shower and cover the drain with it so that it collects the excess water.
- Switch off the shower when washing your hair or body.
- Fill the kitchen sink with water in the morning and reuse to wash dishes. If it gets cold, take some of it out with a jug and boil it.
- Try not to flush the toilet too often – if it is yellow, let it mellow (maximum of three uses), if it is brown, flush it down.
- At the end of the day, the water from the shower, sink and basin can be used in your garden or to fill your cistern.
- Put a brick or a 2litre bottle of water into your cistern. This will reduce the capacity of the tank and thus use less water.
- Try not to bath, but if this is all you have, ensure that it is a shallow one and reuse the water as above.
- Do not top up your pool unless you are using recycled water.
- Use a pool cover on your pool to prevent evaporation. Please ensure that this is safe for children and animals.
Once you have implemented the above, we have some great options available on our website as listed below:
Grey water consists of bath, shower, bathroom sink and washing machine water. A Grey Water System is made up of a tank that is connected to your outlets that will filter this water and distribute it when and as the tank fills; it will automatically switch off when the tank is empty. This is a great way to reuse water that would normally go down the drain.
Rain Water Tanks are perfect for collecting rainwater to top up your pool, jacuzzi or water your vegetable / herb garden. All you have to do is connect the drainpipe to the tank to ensure the rainwater travels from your gutters and fills the tank for later use.
We have a wide range of accessories such as leaf filters and more.
Most households do not have a geyser located close to each tap which means it takes time for the hot water to travel through the pipes and arrive at the hot tap. When the hot tap is not in use, the water in the pipes cools down, so the next time you run the hot tap, this cool water needs to be pushed through the pipes before the hot water arrives. This cool water is called redwater and is usually lost down the drain. Save redwater by installing a Redwater Diverter.
If you find that your tap water has started to taste strange or if you want to drink water from a flowing river or spring nearby, consider investing in one of our filtration options. We have a wide range available, included a baby bottle. Have a look here, just click on the title of each product to view more.
As we all know, water is a very precious resource and there is no excuse for wasting a single drop. Sustainable.co.za is committed to sourcing and supplying a wide range of options for everybody. We pledge to update these products regularly.
As the old saying goes, “Waste not, want not”. We are happy to show you how.