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Hopefully some of these water saving tips can help you now and into the future.

1. Never leave a tap open with water running. Open, close, use water. Turning a tap off while brushing your teeth can save you 100 litres a month.
2. Repair all leaks on plumbing and taps, both inside and outside. That can save you a few thousand litres a month!!
3. Recycle your grey water. Baths, showers, basins and kitchen sinks can water garden beds around the house. This can save as much as 40% of your water usage. Convert to eco-friendly cleaning products, this can be beneficial to your plants.
4. Install rain water tanks, the bigger the better ( 5000 litres ), catch-all that water running down your gutters to be reused to wash your car, water your garden or many other things.
5. Fit a multi-flush system to your toilet system, or place a brick in the cistern.Too much water is used for toilet anyway.
6. Convert to hydro drippers instead of garden sprinklers. They focus the water where it is needed and water the plants under the foliage.
7. Mulch your garden, this can save thousands of litres of water, prevents evaporation, and depending what mulch you use, can provide a lot of benefits to your plants.
8. Shower quickly rather than bath. Save a bath for once a week, enjoy it more.
9. Install a cover over your pool or water storage. The sun can evaporate a lot of water over a wide area.
10. Think before you use water, educate someone else if you see them abusing water.

Please feel free to post comments on ideas you have to save water.


I found some abandoned tyres at the local dump site earlier today. I decided to take all five tyres home and use them in some project around the house. You could use them as gardening beds. Also as a garden/retaining wall. As a dog basket using larger tyres or you could stack four on top of each other use the tyres as a wormery.

We only had five tyres and no worms. So after a braai it was decided to use them in the orchard to assist with mulching and adding compost to the newly transplanted fruit trees. I carefully lowered the tyres around teh stems of the fruit trees and carefully positioned on the grass.

I had some spare piping from the watering system and placed them in the middle of the tyre near the base of the tree. I then added a 1 inch layer of retted grass cuttings and pushed it into the walls of the tyre. I then added compost about 4 inches thick. Using your foot or spade work the soil into the tyres walls and pat it down softly. The pipe should be upright.

Using a watering can I saturate the soil with water and pour water into the pipe to access the base of the fruit tree. The purpose of this is to add vital compost and give a last spurt of nutrients before the winter period. The sun evapourates most of the water around the base of the tree, so this would provide a way to conserve water and be used as a mulch. The pipe is used to provide a channel to the base of the plant so water can reach deep below the mulch.

Next project is to start a stack of 2 x 4 tyres for a wormery that is needed for composting, wormcastings and worm tea.

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