With water shortages becoming an apparent problem all over the globe, learning how to save water, specifically in one’s home or perhaps even at a business/ workplace, could significantly reduce the amount of water that is used within a country, daily.
While one individual might not be able to stop the water crisis/ shortage completely, it will start an example, which can be followed by other people, and if the initiative continues and is implemented daily, which has also recently by proven by the ‘mother city’ herself, Cape Town, the outcome could be so much different than what nature intended for it to be.
How much water gets used in the average home?
On average, about 20% to 30% of water gets used in our gardens, which is a preference that was completely denied to all residents living in Cape Town the last year. According to the government, the rain must provide for the living plants, trees, and soils outside of our homes.
Around 20% gets used for flushing toilets, 15% for washing, 12% for showering/ bathing, 12% for faucets, and the rest, for anything else that consumes water in the house, including leak, which constitutes to quite a large percentage of water loss.
How to save water in your home
- Save water in your kitchen
As one of the biggest culprits of water misuse in your home, there’s a lot of different ways you can cut your water usage in your kitchen. For instance, you could replace your old dishwasher with a new one, as older versions are designed to use a lot of water. You should, instead of washing your dishes with your dishwasher half full, only wash when it is completely full.
- Save water in the bathroom and laundry room
Also, consider some of the biggest culprits when it comes to wasting water, there is a lot of adjustments you could make to save water in these rooms.
You could replace your washer, measure your laundry detergent, and only run quick washes on your washing machine, only wash full loads, take short showers instead of baths and replace any old or leaky faucets.
- Saving water outdoors
As a water usage that has been banned in Cape Town before, it’s important to know how to use water outside of your home.
To save water, you shouldn’t wash the deck, steps or driveway outside, reduce the size of your lawn and replace it with cement, collect water when it rains and avoids watering your garden too often.