Water restrictions lifted in Plettenberg Bay
According to Mr Lombard, a municipal manager at Water Works, the dam’s water level is at 86% and the river flow is still normal for this time of year. However please continue to be mindful when using this precious commodity.
Here are 10 water saving tips to keep in mind:
- Routinely check for leaks – turn off all taps to prevent dripping, including the toilet cistern. Then check if your meter is still running. If it is still running and you can’t ascertain what is leaking, get a plumber to investigate.
- Always check for dripping taps; leaking hoses; whether your toilet is leaking into the bowl or your hot-water cylinder pressure release is overflowing. A leaking toilet, for example, can waste thousands of litres per day!
- Keep a check on the accuracy of your meter. Fill up a bucket of a known volume, and see whether this amount is reflected in what your meter says has been used. If the reading is inaccurate, consult the local authority for advice.
- Try to focus on indigenous and non-water-consumptive alien plants (but not invasive alien plants), and to group these plants according to their water needs and to the mulch around them. Consult a registered nursery for advice.
- Do not water between 10am and 3pm, or when it is very windy. You can lose up to 90 percent of water to evaporation when watering in the middle of a hot, windy day.
- Do not over-fill or excessively back-wash your swimming pool, if you have one. Take a pipe from your gutter to use water from your roof to fill the pool.
- Use ‘rain water’ or ‘grey water’ – used water from baths, washing machines and other safe sources – to water your garden and even to flush your toilet.
- Shower rather than bath – an average full bath will use about 120l of water.
- Tap aerators can be screwed on to the end of your taps – always buy South African Bureau of Standards (SABS)-approved fittings.
- Use a plug in the basin when washing dishes. Don’t wash dishes, or brush your teeth or shave with the tap running.