Saving Water in the home

imagesWater is not one of South Africa’s wealthiest minerals. However, contributing to reduce the water crisis in South Africa may seem overwhelming for some individuals. One of the largest factors causing the water crisis is the low rainfall of 464mm, South Africa receives in comparison to the rest of the world.  

There are other contributions to the water crisis such as water leakages and failing infrastructure and lack of maintenance. There are many ways you can difference through minor adjustments.  

The starting point for making a difference is knowing how much water you use on a monthly basis. To do this, document your water meter reading monthly. Make sure to look out for unusual peaks in your usage.  

Plumbing tips to save water:

  • Turn off all running water when you can and fix dripping taps or pipes.  
  • Fit a flow regulator to your shower head you’ll reduce the amount of water you use by 50 percent.
  • Opt for a dual flush toilet. This allows you select water usage flow, depending on the waste.
  • Insulate your pipes. This allows water to heat up quicker, and less water wasted while you wait for the water to be hot.  
  • Install a grey water system to use the water for irrigation and flushing the toilet  
  • Replace dishwashers and washing machines with more water-efficient model.  
  • Use qualified plumbers which limits the risk of product failure and water leaks.  
  • Check for damp that may be caused by leaking pipes in your floor or wall. 
  • Buy quality approved products and use registered plumbers. Ask your retail specialist or plumber for SABS products.  

If you are unsure where to find a registered plumber or about plumbing standards contact the Institute of Plumbing South Africa (IOPSA). The benefits of using IOPSA member plumbers are; plumber training include continual professional development and accredited training provider; technical support including member technical advice and standards guidance; business guidance including the process and costs to be in business; and promotion of members including regional and national marketing and  IOPSA decals and branding.

By making such minor adjustments we will be able to achieve a sustainable water supply for the future without any disruptions. Such adjustments may cost you a small but save you in larger monthly bills.  

By Melissa Brown for IOPSA