By using less water today, Capetonians can all help ensure that there will be water for tomorrow. Too often people waste water without thinking about the impact and consequences of their actions. How many of us still leave the tap running while brushing our teeth or shaving in the morning?
Whilst the City has a legal obligation in terms of its Water By-Laws, it remains everyone’s responsibility to conserve water.
Here are some ways to reduce water consumption and save this precious resource:
- Only use as much water as is needed (for the kettle, bath etc.)
- Re-use bath water in the garden or to flush the toilet
- Do not flush the toilet unnecessarily
- Close the tap when brushing teeth or shaving
- Waiting for a full load when using a washing machine or dishwasher
- Do not wash dishes, vegetables or clothes under running water
- Retain the cold water to use elsewhere while waiting for the hot water to come through
More information on how to save water is available here under the Demand Management tab. Material such as posters and quick reference cards are also available from all City libraries.
“I encourage residents to be part of the solution for Cape Town by making saving water a way of life. Please save water while we still have it,” says the City’s Director for Water and Sanitation, Philemon Mashoko.