The dry season is nearing its end, but that doesn’t mean that we should all throw our new water-saving routines out the window when the spring rains begin to fall! If you’re one of the responsible citizens who has made a point of taking shorter showers, reusing water wherever you can and turning off the tap while brushing your teeth – good on you! We, and the earth, thank you for it. Unfortunately, despite your best efforts, you could still be wasting water without even realising it. Here’s how.
Waiting Too Long to Fix That Dripping Tap
While it might not look like much water is being wasted when the kitchen tap is dripping intermittently, it definitely adds up. In fact, research has proven that one dripping tap, if left unattended, has the potential to waste up to 20 000 litres of water in just one year!
Washing Your Car with the Hosepipe
We understand that you can’t drive to clients with a car sporting bird poop on the windshield. Having said this, there is a water-wise way in which to wash it… and it definitely isn’t with the hosepipe! Try filling up a bucket with warm, soapy water instead. You’ll be using a fraction of our most precious resource as a result, and your car is sure to be just as squeaky clean when you’re finished.
Washing Dishes and Clothes on the Wrong Cycle
If you have extra time on your hands, it is almost always more eco-friendly to wash dishes and clothes by hand. However, considering the busy lives that we all lead, this isn’t always possible. If you must use your dishwasher or washing machine, do so using the shortest cycle available. An ‘eco-wash’ is usually no longer than 30 – 45 minutes, whereas any other cycle can last in excess of 2 – 3 hours! The difference in water and electricity usage is huge.
Letsolo Water and Environmental Services cc is a consulting company with a determination to make a lasting contribution when it comes to the protection and preservation of our precious natural resources for future generations. For more info about our business and its services, do not hesitate to contact us on 082 821 6621.