Water is a valuable resource yet millions of litres are
wasted daily by us all. Water conservation is therefore
everyone's responsibility and is as important during heavy
rainfall seasons as much as in the dry season. WASCO
encourages customers to wise-up to water and make simple
changes in their daily lives to save this valuable resource.
There are two main areas where we all use water most; at
home and in the garden. The following are tips on how to
save water in these two areas:
Saving water at home
Ensure that your home is leak free as there may be hidden
water leaks. Read your water meter before and after a
two-hour period when no water is being used. If the meter
does not read exactly the same, there is a leak.
Take a shower instead of a bath.
Insulate your water pipes. You'll get hot water faster and
avoid wasting water while it heats up.
Store drinking water in the refrigerator. Don't let the
tap run while you are waiting for cool water to flow.
Do not use running water to thaw meat or other frozen
foods. Defrost food overnight in the refrigerator or use the
defrost setting on your microwave.
When washing dishes by hand, fill one sink or basin with
soapy water. Quickly rinse under a slow-moving stream from
Use your washing machine and dishwasher only when full.
Saving Water in
Water lawns during
the early morning hours when temperatures and wind
speed are the lowest. This reduces losses from
Water your garden in
the evening when it is cool
sprinklers to water your street, driveway or
sidewalk. Position them so - Install irrigation
devices that are the most water efficient for each
use. Micro and drip irrigation and soaker hoses are
examples of water efficient irrigation methods.
Use a shut-off
nozzle on your hose which can be adjusted down to a
fine spray so that water flows only as needed.
Use a watering-can
in the garden instead of a hose pipe
Find and repair leaks.
Recycle water - use your washing up or bath water to water
Stop those dripping taps
Buy a water tank and save rain water
Use a pail or basin instead of running water when you are
Use a broom or rake instead of water to clean your
driveway or walkways.
Do not let water run while you shave or brush your teeth.
Brush your teeth first while waiting for water to get hot, then wash or shave after
filling the basin.
Rinse fruits and vegetables in a shallow sink of water
instead of under running water.
Wash your car using a bucket rather than a hose pipe.