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Here’s why we must use water efficiently

How to conserve water without necessarily changing your lifestyle.

By Johannesburg Water

Water Saving Tips

Why must you use water efficiently?

It reduces your water bill

  • It reduces the cost of dams, water purification and maintenance costs which will result in lower tariffs
  • It makes water available for our increasing population so that Johannesburg Water and the government can supply water to others who might not have a reliable water supply
  • Ensuring a continuous uninterrupted supply of water in the future

How to conserve water without necessarily changing your lifestyle?


  • Convert to dual flush toilet
  • Adjust the water level of washing and dish washing machines to suit the load
  • Install water-saving shower heads and flow restrictors
  • Take short showers or, if you want a long soak, take a bath
  • Repair leaking/dripping taps
  • Turn the tap off when you are brushing your teeth
  • Buy water efficient devices (small shower heads etc.)


  • Water your garden in the morning or late in the afternoon and avoid watering on windy days
  • Keep your garden free of weeds, as they use water too
  • When sprinkling, use a timer on the tap
  • Install a drip system or micro-sprays in garden beds
  • Soak your gardens twice a week and water the roots, not the leaves
  • Use a trigger nozzle on your hose
  • Use a broom instead of a hose to clean your driveway and sidewalk
  • Wash a car on the lawn using a bucket instead of the hose
  • Cover your pool to avoid evaporation in hot days and throughout the winter season
  • Plant indigenous plants that require less watering
  • Rainwater harvesting
  • Groundwater use in high water table areas (Midrand)

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