South Africa has limited water resources, so we should all be thinking about ways to use less of it, even when there is no drought.
The added benefit is reducing our municipal water charges, says Berry Everitt, chief executive of the Chas Everitt International property group.
He offers a few ideas for saving water:
♦ If you have a leaky tap, make sure you replace the washer immediately. A tap leaking at the rate of one drop per second will waste around 10 000l of water every year.
♦ Fit your bathroom and kitchen taps with inexpensive aerators or flow restrictors. If you have an old-style toilet, put a 2l plastic bottle filled with water into the cistern to reduce the amount of water used with each flush.
♦ Try to restrict the time that your shower water runs to less than three minutes.
♦ If you have small children and prefer to bath them in a tub, put them all in together, and find ways to re-use the water afterwards.