Garden ResQ

Grey Water Systems


Fish Hoek
Cape Town
South Africa
Tel: 082 495 7997 (Simon)
082 782 3927 (Mark)

Why we need To save Water

We only have a small amount of water that we can use for drinking and other important purposes, so we need to do everything we can to conserve it.

The small choices that we make on a daily basis have an enormous impact on how much water we save or waste. The human population is growing by leaps and bounds, and if we donít start conserving water, there wonít be enough drinking water to go around.

How You Can Conserve Water

The good news is that YOU can make all of the difference. You can start saving water today. All you need are some simple tips that you can practice each and every day.


You should be pleasantly surprised when you learn of all of the ways you can avoid wasting water. Have a look at the list below.


35 Tips to Save Water!


  • Avoid sending water down the drain if it can be used for cleaning or watering.

  • Check your home for leaks. A lot of homes have hidden leaks, which can waste a lot of water. You can check for leaks by checking your water meter for change during a period of time when youíre not using any water.

  • Repair dripping faucets. If you have a water faucet that is dripping a single drop per second, youíre looking at 2,700 gallons of water waste per year.

  • Check for toilet leaks. You can add food coloring to your toilet tank, and after 30 minutes, if color appears then you have a leak. Youíll want to check your toilet for corroded or worn parts. Fortunately, toilet parts are cheap. The toilet tank is the part of the toilet that fills with water after you flush it.

  • Donít flush the toilet if you donít need to. If possible, dispose of small tissues, insects and other waste using the garbage.

  • Take shorter showers. You can also replace your showerhead using an ultra-low flow head.

  • Use minimal water during a bath. Make sure to close the drain before you start running water, and fill the tub to only 1/3 full.

  • Donít allow water to run while washing or shaving your face.

  • Replace wasteful faucets or retrofit them with flow restrictors or aerators.

  • Only operate clothing and dish washers when theyíre totally full. Also make sure to set the water level according to the size of the load.

  • To wash dishes by hand, fill one sink with water. Use a very small stream from the faucet to rinse the dishes after each one is washed.

  • Instead of letting the tap water run whenever you want a glass of water to drink, store the drinking water in the refrigerator.

  • Donít thaw frozen foods or meat with running water. Instead, defrost food inside of the refrigerator overnight or use a microwave.

  • Use a compost pile instead of a garbage disposal. As an alternative to running the garbage disposal, you can get rid of food waste using a compost pile. Garbage disposals are known to contribute nearly half of the solids volume inside of a septic tank.

  • Install an instant water heater on your kitchen sink, so you wonít have to let the water run while it heats. By doing this, you will also reduce the amount of money you pay for heating.

  • Insulate water pipes. Insulated pipes let you get hot water faster and help you to avoid wasting water while it heats up.

  • Donít install a water to air AC or heat pump. The air to air models work just as well and donít waste water.

  • Only install water softening systems if you actually need them. Save additional water by running the smallest number of regenerations needed to maintain softness. Also, be sure to turn off softeners while gone on vacation.

  • Inspect your well pump. If the pump turns on and off while water is not being used, then you probably have a leak, which wastes water.

  • Adjust water temperatures. See if turning water flow down instead of up works better to adjust water temperatures. It might not be the best idea to increase water flow to balance the water temperature.

  • Replace the toilet handle. If you toilet handle sticks in the flush position, it needs to be replaced as it will run constantly and waste water.

  • Donít excessively water your lawn. Most lawns only need to be watered once a week during the summer and once every two weeks during winter. A strong downpour can eliminate the need to water your lawn for up to two weeks.

  • Water your lawn early in the morning, which is when wind speed and temperatures are lowest, which reduces water loss from evaporation.

  • Avoid watering sidewalks, driveways and streets with sprinklers. You should make sure to position sprinklers so they water only your lawn and garden.

  • Install or replace old sprinklers with water efficient models. Drip and micro irrigation hoses are great water efficient irrigation tools.

  • Check sprinkler timing devices regularly to make sure theyíre operating correctly. In some places, there is actually a law that forces you to buy a rain sensor with an automatic irrigation system, which prevents water wastage.

  • Raise your lawn mower blade by three inches. By cutting your grass higher, it encourages deeper root growth while holding in more soil moisture and shading the root system.

  • Try not to fertilize your lawn. By applying fertilizers, youíre increasing the lawnís need for water. If possible, apply only fertilizers that have water-insoluble or slow-release types of nitrogen.

  • Make sure to mulch because it helps soil retain moisture. You can also fight weeds with mulching.

  • You can plant drought-tolerant and native grasses. Once theyíve been established, these varieties donít need to be watered nearly as often and can survive dry periods.

  • Never use your hose to clean your sidewalk or driveway. You can use a broom to clean debris from these surfaces. You can waste hundreds of gallons of water when you clean your driveway with water.

  • Attach a shut-off nozzle to your hose. The nozzle should allow you to adjust the spray, and it should let you turn off the water at the faucet instead of the nozzle, which prevents leaks.

  • Add hose washers between water hoses and spigots to eliminate water leaks.

  • Never leave hoses or sprinklers unattended. A typical garden hose can release 600 gallons of water within a few hours, so if a sprinkler is left unattended, it can waste an enormous amount of water.

  • Check spigots, connectors and hoses regularly because they can develop leaks over time.







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