Cape Town’s water crisis is about to get even more severe, with talk of implementing water-shedding measures over and above the already stringent water restrictions that are currently in place.
But, nationwide South African’s are taking extreme measures to conserve water, says Claire Cobbledick, Head of Marketing for Gumtree SA. “On average, around 3,500 visitors have been searching for borehole service providers on Gumtree every month since July last year,” she comments.
“People have the perception that saving water this way costs a lot but a quick search on Gumtree will provide a wide range of water-saving services and products at very affordable prices”.
Cobbledick highlights three other easy changes you can make to your home through suppliers on Gumtree.
- Install a greywater system
Recycle water from your bathroom, sink, shower, bath and washing machine. Greywater is water that would ordinarily be released into rivers and oceans so, by re-using it, you’re saving water and keeping water resources cleaner. On Gumtree, there are about 42 service providers listed in the Western Cape that are able to assist with grey water system installations.
- Replace your showerheads
Normal showerheads flow at around 15 to 25 litres of water per minute. A low-flow showerhead can take that right down to nine litres per minute.
- Opt for low-flow toilets
Flushing is a home’s biggest water hog, with conventional toilets consuming around 13 litres of water per flush. Low-flow models use as little as 6 litres – a massive save, considering that the average person flushes at least five times a day.
*There are around 1,517 plumbers listed on Gumtree in the Western Cape, who are all able to assist with installing systems to help your home use better wisely.