Sim­ple steps to save wa­ter

Lesotho Times - - Property -

BE­CAUSE of the drought this sum­mer, wa­ter ta­bles have dropped, but we can all do more to con­serve wa­ter at home. Small steps make a big im­pact on your wa­ter bill and us­age. Wa­ter aware­ness is the first step to­ward con­ser­va­tion, and mi­nor ad­just­ments to our daily habits can sig­nif­i­cantly re­duce wa­ter con­sump­tion.

The heat wave is part of a long term warm­ing trend, which sci­en­tists say is be­ing driven by hu­man car­bon emis­sions. Ac­cord­ing to the Coun­cil for Sci­en­tific and In­dus­trial Re­search, the south­ern part of Africa has been warm­ing at 1.5 times the world av­er­age. This has been ex­ac­er­bated by El Niño, a phe­nom­e­non which warms the Pa­cific and causes drought in the south­ern hemi­sphere. For South Africa, it has meant a se­cond year of lit­tle rain­fall.

Here are four ways to save wa­ter in the home.

Mind faucet use: How of­ten do you leave the sink wa­ter run­ning while you brush your teeth? Ba­sic aware­ness of this waste­ful habit helps curb wa­ter us­age in many house­holds. Shorten show­ers and teeth brush­ing, while stay­ing away from bathing. Turn the tap off while lath­er­ing and brush­ing.

Up­date ap­pli­ances: Newer wash­ing ma­chines, such as front-load­ers, use much less wa­ter than older mod­els.

Re­pair leaks: A run­ning toi­let can waste 200 gal­lons of wa­ter per day. Pipes, joints, faucets and ir­ri­ga­tion sys­tems also can leak. Fix faults in plumb­ing through­out your prop­erty. A leak­ing tap can waste thou­sands of litres of wa­ter each year.

Re­place your toi­let: Wa­ter-ef­fi­cient toi­lets use 1.6 gal­lons per flush. Toi­lets older than 1992 use more. And, it’s OK to flush less of­ten. Put a brick in your toi­let and leave it to mel­low. Toi­lets use more wa­ter than is nec­es­sary, and flush­ing can be un­nec­es­sary. A brick will sub­stan­tially re­duce wa­ter use.

Land­scape thought­fully: Wa­ter only what your plants need and wa­ter dur­ing cool, wind­less hours. Choose plants that re­quire less wa­ter. Don’t use any wa­ter out­side dur­ing day­light hours. The heat means this evap­o­rates any­way so does lit­tle good for plants. Move to­wards an in­dige­nous, drought-re­sis­tant gar­den. In­dige­nous trees are hardier than their im­ported coun­ter­parts and use much less wa­ter. They can also sur­vive long pe­ri­ods of drought.

Don’t re­fill the swim­ming pool. Th­ese are a lux­ury and a waste of wa­ter when en­tire com­mu­ni­ties are faced with try­ing to live with­out wa­ter. Sav­ings in one place mean peo­ple get wa­ter else­where.

— Prop­erty24

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