5 tips to help you save water this winter

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The country is steadily approaching the winter season and this poses yet another threat to the current water situation. South Africa is known to receive most of its rain during the summer season and not much in the winter season. This means that the water received during the summer season becomes depleted during winter as it do not get replenished.

South Africa is a water scarce country and a steady supply of water is not a guarantee in any year. Therefore, citizens need to inculcate a culture of saving water and using this precious resource wisely.

  1. Leaks should be attended to immediately. Report leakages to relevant authorities whom are water service providers be it municipalities and water services responsible of providing water to the specific community.
  2. Insulating exposed pipes with warm insulator or cloth to keep water flowing and to prevent ice blockages from freezing temperatures. When temperatures remain below freezing point for a prolonged period, exposed copper pipes similar to the ones for geysers are at risk of freezing.
  3. When away from the house for an extended period of time during winter, drain the water system by shutting off the main water valve and turning on every water fixtures (both hot and cold lines) until water stops running. When returning to the house, turn on the main valve and let each fixture run until the pipes are full again.
  4. Take a 5 minute shower. A shower that takes longer forms steam in the bathroom which is a sign of negligence on water. In the process water gets wasted and the interior of the walls and ceiling also gets damaged.
  5. Simply replace an unnecessary full hot bath with a warm cup of tea or coffee.

Source: Department of Water and Sanitation Free State
Compiled by Seithati Semenokane / Courant News