While Stellenbosch University has many measures in place to save water as part of the water savings initiatives in the Western Cape, every one of us can also contribute to saving water when we are not at the office.
According to statistics from the City of Cape Town – the city provides Stellenbosch with approximately 60% of its water – nearly 75% of water used in the city is for domestic use. Sadly, 40% to 60% of this water is used ineffectively in gardens and pools.
Here are a few tips for saving water at home:
- Make sure that you close taps properly. A dripping tap can waste up to 30 litres of water per day, which equals 10 000 litres per year.
- Use your water meter to detect leakages. Read the water meter, wait for two hours without using water, and then read it again.
- Collect rainwater from gutters in a tank. This water can be used to water the garden.
- Turn off the tap when you shave, brush your teeth or wash your hands.
- Take a short shower instead of a bath.
- Install water-saving shower heads. A non-water-saving shower head can use up to 16 litres of water per minute.
- Collect shower water and use it to refill the toilet bowl.
- Try to do more washing at a time instead of doing smaller loads.
- Rinse fruit and vegetables in a bowl of water and then use the water in the garden.
- Cover your pool to counter evaporation.
- Drink less bottled water. To produce 1 litre of bottled water requires 3 to 5 litres of water.
- Eat chocolate! It takes 1 litre of water to produce a bar of chocolate and 2 400 litres to make a hamburger.
- Plant more indigenous and water-saving plants in your garden.
- Use a broom to sweep paved areas. It is illegal to hose down paved areas in the Western Cape.
- Do not mow your lawn so often! Longer grass retains water better.
- Use alternative water resources like grey water or install a well point or sink a well.
- While waiting for the tap water to heat up, collect the running water in a bottle for re-use.