• Ditch the bottled water – it takes 3 litres of tap water to make one litre of bottled water
  • Turn off the tap while brushing your teeth and save 9 litres
  • Take a 5 minute shower and save up to 100 litres that baths can use
  • Change to a water-efficient showerhead and half your consumption
  • Turn off the water while washing your hair
  • Flush less when you do and put a 2l bottle filled with water in your cistern


  • Don’t use water-based toys like water guns, water balloons, etc.
  • If you want to keep your kids cool, use a shallow shell pool
  • If you have a pool, don’t fill it to the top – splashing leads to serious waste
  • Use a pool cover to reduce evaporation


  • Fix leaky taps – even a slow drip can waste 30 litres a day
  • Only use your dishwasher when its full and stop it before the drying cycle so it can air dry
  • If you fill two sinks; one with soapy water and one with warm water for rinsing, this will use less water than a dishwasher
  • Wash your clothes in cold water to save water and energy
  • Sweep away leaves and debris rather than using a hose to spray them away
  • Minimise how often you wash your car
  • Put buckets in the shower for runoff water and under drains to catch water during rain for your garden
  • Plant a water-wise garden with indigenous drought-resistant plants
  • Water your garden after 6pm
  • Use a watering can to make sure the water goes where it’s needed

Source: http://www.wwf.org.za/?20281/save-water