HolidayMakers Tips: Save Cape Town’s Water – Every Drop Counts


We have a major water crisis in Cape Town. Read the latest news here on restrictions and ways to assist.

Some tips I got and adapted from here:

  1. Turn off the tap when you brush your teeth – this can save 6 litres of water per minute.
  2. When you wash dishes don’t do it under running water. Collect water in the basin and re-use as often as possible before discarding it.
  3. Take care not to flush the toilet unnecessarily. Also never flush any foreign objects down the toilet as this not only creates blockages, but also wastes water.
  4. Take a short shower instead of having a bath. Showers can use anything between 6 and 45 litres per minute. We have measured and we use 4 times more water bathing than when we shower. Open the taps only to rinse off soap, shampoo etc.  We even use a flat container to catch water as we shower and use this grey water for our garden.
  5. Always use full loads in your washing machine and dishwasher – this cuts out unnecessary washes in between.
  6. A dripping tap can waste 15 litres of water a day, or 5,500 litres of water a year. Ensure all taps are properly closed.
  7. Watering any garden is restricted to certain days and only with a bucket or watering can. Hosepipes are not allowed as they use 1,000 litres of water an hour. Mulching your plants (with bark chippings, heavy compost or straw) and watering in the early morning and late afternoon will reduce evaporation and also save water.
  8. Don’t waste water by running the tap waiting for it to get cold or heat up. Keep a jug of water in the fridge for drinking and be sure to catch the water in a bucket while waiting for it to heat up in the shower.
  9. Pools should have a cover. I realise that covers are an inconvenience but please assist. Owners with pool covers may top their pools up. Without a cover no topping up is allowed.

We thank you for taking care.

If you have any other water saving tips for holidaymakers please share and we will update this list. Use the form below. Thanks.



February 1, 2017


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