Plummer’s Water Savers

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Council has instituted level 4 water restrictions, and as we are all well aware we are experiencing a water crisis that requires all of us to pull together and do our bit. Nick Plummer asked FMR listeners to let us know their water saving tips and strategies during Classic Breakfast, and thank you to all those who messaged and provided us with efficient and valuable advice on saving water in our homes.

  • While we still have water freeze your ice cubes, put in plastic bags and store in your freezer for when you need water.
  • Put cup of water into basin…dip flannel in and wash down as far as possible. Then up as far as possible… then wash possible.
  • Connect your washing machine and or dishwasher outlet pipe to pour out underground, for your garden.
  • Use wipe down place mats or table cloths and paper serviettes or good old paper towels.
  • Collect overflow from geyser by connecting a pipe and bucket/ watering can or plastic water container.
  • Collect pending rain water off the roof and patios with down piping into storage tanks and swimming pools.
  • Prepare your meals in a casserole instead of a lot of pots.
  • Invest in water saving shower heads, collect the shower water & reuse. Put a basin in kitchen sink for rinsing but remember to check for cutlery when you throw out on garden.
  • Help time your 2-minute shower with music. Use your smartphone to play the last 2 minutes of a song on your smartphone. You’ll know when the song is about to end as you hurry to turn off that tap.
  • Read your water meter each night when all usage has stopped and first thing in the morning. This will show if there are leaks in the system that you are not aware of. Reading and recording the water usage in addition shows how much is being used and identifies the items that are the major water users.
  • Greetings, I do believe that we need to tell and teach our young children and grandchildren so that they may also be disciplined in the usage of water.
  • After bathroom visit rinse hands with Instant hand sanitizer… moisturizes hands… dries immediately…I use Germstar.
  • Newer dishwashers and washing machines have an eco-setting which saves water. Also people near the beach can collect water for toilet flushing, I’ve heard of people already doing this.
  • Start a compost pit, don’t pee in the toilet and flush, pee in the pit and make some of the best compost money can’t buy. Composting your urine doesn’t just save on flushing, it also saves on watering the garden, since composted soil doesn’t lose as much water through evaporation, so it’s a save!
  • My son raised a few 200lt drums behind our house and filled them with water from our well point for a school project. He then plumbed them to our toilet cisterns. We now flush toilets with well point water and not drinking water. Toilet flushing accounts for about 65% – 70% of household water use.
  • Standing in a baby bath or any other suitable container while having ur shower.  Even if u only collect enough water for 2 toilet flushes – remember ‘every drop counts’ ! So happy guilt free flushing to you!
  • Get a water storage tank, and if you can afford to, buy another, (or more than one) to donate to those who cannot afford it – especially in the informal settlements, etc.
  • Instead of rinsing dirty items before loading them into the dishwasher, wipe them down with used paper serviettes (saved for this purpose – including hardly-used ones from restaurants/coffee shops) and/or give a quick rinse down in used/dirty water after washing pots etc. manually, before pulling the plug or disposing of the water.
  • Instead of rinsing dirty items before loading them into the dishwasher, wipe them down with used paper serviettes (saved for this purpose – including hardly-used ones from restaurants/coffee shops) and/or give a quick rinse down in used/dirty water after washing pots etc. manually, before pulling the plug or disposing of the water.
  • Every family member should use the Dettol waterless sanitizer for the hands, as it saves so much running water!
    Hands get washed more and more, and schools should teach the kids to use it daily, also at Sports venues. It should be part of your lunchbox to school!
    Stay germfree without wasting our water sources.
  • Place pot plants under gutters where water drips from rain or mist it helps.
  • Desperate measures. If not too soiled I now wash bed sheets and covers only on the auto rinse and spin cycle. Add a table spoon or two of cider vinegar. Hang in the sun to dry. Do not iron. This saves more than two thirds water on a normal wash cycle. The water can be used for other hand washing or in the garden. In some washing machines this can be a saving of 100 litres or more.
  • Turn off geyser. Result will be taking of considerably shorter showers AND bonus electricity saving. (This suggestion is only partially tongue in cheek!)
  • Remove all soap and replace with waterless hand sanitizer in all public and commercial instances. Also at home were possible.
  • After boiling kettle for tea/coffee use the left over boiling water to flush clean kitchen sink & drains. Using less water in kitchen can leave these drains grimy. Only small amount of boiling water needed to do the job.
  • Before your 1 minute shower (which you have standing in a suitable plastic container to catch the water) turn the mixer to the extreme hot side and the hot water will come thru almost immediately and you then adjust to required temperature, get in and so avoid the initial period of running cold water before it heats up. Thereafter retain your shower-container of water in bathroom for flushing for the rest of the day!
  • My son raised a few 200lt drums behind our house and filled it with water from our well point for a school project. He then plumbed them to our toilet cisterns. We now flush toilets with well point water and not drinking water. Toilet flushing accounts for about 65% – 70% of household water use.
  • If you have an old tap that you can set to produce a *very*thin stream, you can wash and rinse your hands under running water, and still use only a cupful.
  • Google “why showering too much is bad for you” many reputable articles will help you to cut down considerably without guilt.
  • My water saving tip? I brush my teeth in my 2 minute shower. Saves alot of water
  • 1: Use waterless hand sanitizer to wash hands in ALL bathrooms. Private and public!
    2: Use disposable utensils for cooking and eating.eg…foil…paper…plastic…
    Avoid using water to wash up…..not great environmentally…but will save water!
  • When I shower I let the hot water run into a bucket until it is hot enough to turn on cold water tap and then leave bucket on shower floor while I shower (for only 2 minutes) so it collects more water. I use this water instead of flushing the toilet.
  • Keep separate bowls in your sink and basin to collect rinsing water, which can be used in the garden.
  • Drink red wine instead of water.
  • Water: Mike de Beer.  Connect tubing to all roofing and patio drainage outlets and course into swimming pool and storage tanks
  • Water……Save water….Drink Whiskey.
  • WHEN I DO MY LAUNDRY I DO A WHITE /LIGHT LOAD FIRST. I  CATCH THE WATER IN A BUCKET WHEN BIT SPINS AND SAVE IT FOR THE DARK LOAD .I THEN ALDO SAVE THAT WATER AND USE IT IN THE GARDEN…
    I ALSO DO THE SAME WHEN I WASH MY LOOSE FLOOR MATS….
  • I cover the water in the loo with shaving foam, it does not dissolve into the water and covers all with a lovely menthol white layer till the 1 and only flush at the end of the day saving many litres of water. Thank you for the great music, regards Gerhard.
  • Use wet wipes to wash hands and save water and also healthy to clean hands before eating food with hands
  • Water saving tip: Instead of rinsing dirty items before loading them into the dishwasher, wipe them down with used paper serviettes (saved for this purpose – including hardly-used ones from restaurants/coffee shops) and/or give a quick rinse down in used/dirty water after washing pots etc. manually, before pulling the plug or disposing of the water.
  • All the individual tips are good, but won’t achieve anything unless they are performed together and strategically;
    Water from the shower to the toilet, BUT the toilet is only flushed wen necessary and preferably when the shower bucket has enough in it.
    Clean water from the sink goes to the veggie garden, while dirty water goes to the little bit of lawn left.
    Kettle gets boiled for dishes instead of waiting for warm water from geyser.
    Take less showers, every second day, as it simply isn’t necessary to shower EVERY DAY, or worse, TWICE a day, and shorter, with a low-flow shower head.
    Teeth: OBVIOUSLY it shouldn’t be running while you brush, not even worth mentioning.
    Leaks: OBVIOUSLY they should be fixed.
    If you have a borehole, share with you neighbours.
    Harvest rain where possible, use for veggie garden.
    Washing machine: wash white first, then colours in same water, then bathroom carpets etc. Rinse briefly and if possible, use all the water on your lawn or garden.

    Only with all possible water saving practices being implemented in harmony will be able to weather this storm (no pun intended).

  • Saving water doesn’t have to be an unpleasant chore! Just share the shower with your loved one!
  • When I do my dishes I wet the sponge, put some dish washings liquid on and washall the dishes. Then I only rinse it when I am done. Works well for single people.
  • Use water from our tank to fill washing machine. Re-use water to flush toilet and water Garden. No water bill for months.
  • Re-wear clothes that aren’t really dirty (expect for underwear and socks!), and run the laundry on the quick 30 min cycle, because it uses less water in the rinse.
  • Water saving tip: instead of running several litres of water while waiting for the warm water to come through, one can warm a little water in the kettle – and wash-up in a small bowl.
  • One of my water saving tips is to reuse the water from my pets’ water bowls. I have rescued birds, rats, cats and dogs. I save a bucket of water every time I change their water and collect it.
  • Bucket in shower. Open taps.  As soon as water is warm I wet myself over bucket.  Turn off taps.  Wash and shampoo.  Open taps to rinse.   Use bucket water for washing small items and then in garden.  Never more than 4/5 litres.
  • Many duvet covers are reversible. If you have that type, change “wash day” to “turn it over day” until a wash is *really* necessary.
  • Use a round plastic container to stand in while showering and to catch up water until it gets warm, and use this water in toilet cistern.
  • Workplaces etc. Turnoff  (reduce flow ) flushing urinals over night
  • Question? Don’t Washing machines use more water than anything else in our homes? SO hand wash where possible. But if using a machine do shorter washes. Connect hose to outlet of machine to use on garden.
    Wear same clothes for as long as possible before washing…easier in winter…
  • Put a LARGE PLASTIC ROUND TUB in to fit the bottom of shower (R180) to collect all shower water.
    A pond water pump can be used to empty with a hose or just a bucket.
    Keep thermoses of hot water in kitchen and bathroom for immediate use when hot water needed.
  • Place a kid’s blow up paddling pool in your shower to catch all the water you use. You can then do washing in that water before using it to flush the toilet
  • 1. Keep a mental running total of your daily water usage – personal hygiene, kitchen use, essential flushing etc., making sure there is enough of your 100 litres reserved for laundry day.
    2. Laundry:
    Apply the rule of 2⃣
    “Can l wear it a second time? ”
    “Can my towels, bedding go twice as long?”
    And of course, save the used water for other purposes.
    3. Water your ailing garden with tears.
  • APARTMENTS IN HIGH RISE BUILDINGS CANNOT RE USE WATER VIA THE DRAIN OUTLETS LIKE HOUSES….. SO, IF YOU HAVE A DEEP BASE SHOWER….
    PUT A UNIVERSAL PLUG IN THE SHOWER HOLE….. AND USE THE OLD SHOWER WATER ….JUG BY JUG ……FOR THE LOO ALL DAY!!
  • Use a Bowl to wash the dishes!
    The sink takes too much water
  • Ladies wash your hair in the basin. Every time you change water scoop the water into a bucket. Surprise to see a bucket full off reusable water! Flush the toilet or clean your bathroom with extra water.
  • Only wash your hands when they are dirt dirty. Otherwise use waterless soap or wet wipes.
  • There’s no doubt in mind that in “Any” household the great wastage of water would be “running cold taps hot”.
    With a little effort and forethought (only once) this water can all be saved for more efficient use . . .
    That’s it . . .  You’d be surprised/shocked how much is wasted in this manner and, we have all done it over and over.
    I set my washing machine on only the rinse and spin cycle, using very little washing powder so it only takes fifteen min for a wash and clothes come out fresh and clean
  • No baths or showers! Everyone can have a proper nice warm body wash!
    Wash dishes ONCE per day!
    Put a plastic bottle with holes in your pot plant! Dripping away……slowly!!
  • When showering and waiting for the hot water to come through catch the cold water in a bucket and use it to flush the toilet or for washing dishes.
  • I take a bucket into the shower to catch the excess drops then wash my small clothes while showering…pop them in the bucket to rinse.
  • Use water from the swimming pool for flushing toilets.
  • When showering and waiting for the hot water to come through catch the cold water in a bucket and use it to flush the toilet or for washing dishes.
  • I put containers under the downpipes overnight. Dew condenses on the roof and I get up to 7 litres from each downpipe. Good to flush toilets!
  • If your car is a bit dirty, park it outside overnight. Then use the dew in the morning on the car to wipe it clean with a soft cloth. It works wonderfully! No water wasted.
  • Public toilets (like in Artscape) should change the automated tap dispensers from a 4 second dispense to 2 seconds. With 1500 people in the Opera House, this equates to a huge saving.
  • The best time to save water is when there IS water to save. No more wastage EVER!
  • Using 1 mug of water, a flannel and a handful of those ‘baby wipes’ you can clean your teeth, rinse your hair and clean yourself quite effectively.