Your water footprint
How to be aware of your water footprint: Determine your monthly water usage from your municipal bill, monitor use and keep track of your progress. Then set goals to become more water efficient.
Fix water leaks
How to sort out leaks: Switch off all water appliances and taps and check your water meter for leaks. Fix leaks as soon as possible and you can also report public water leaks to your local municipality. Interestingly, 37% of water is lost from leaks and in 2015 alone, water leaks cost South Africa over R7.2 billion.
Minimise water risks
How to minimise your water risks: Use different ways to source water such as capturing rainwater from gutters to use in your garden. Invest in a rainwater tank, which will minimise the losses from piped systems and because it is untreated, it has a lower carbon-footprint. Companies can assess their risk with the Water Risk Filter.
Tap or bottled?
Tap is best. South Africa has good quality, drinkable tap water. It uses less energy than bottled water, and bottled water uses less than cool drinks. For more info on the quality of water in your town, visit www.dwa.gov.za/bluedrop.
Think before you buy
Think before you buy: Many of us don’t know that we consume most water indirectly through the food we eat and things we buy. E.g. - to produce one kilogram of beef requires 15 400 litres of water. A glass of beer requires 300 litres of water; a litre of milk 1000 litres; and a pair of jeans 11 000 litres.
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