With level 6B water restrictions coming into effect in Cape Town, it’s a reminder that we all need to be more conscious about our water consumption. So we’ve rounded up some great water-wise gadgets to help you save water and money!
The gadget that saves on electricity too
Heat Tech compact geyser (R1 699; heattech.co.za)
There are geysers, and then there is the Heat Tech compact geyser. This small geyser (which can hold between 10-30 litres depending on the size chosen) is easy to install and can be placed directly under the sink. So how will this geyser help you save water and electricity? It will make sure that hot water runs out of your taps a lot quicker since it doesn’t have to travel from the main geyser. And since you’re won’t be running the tap longer than you should – waiting for the water to heat up – less cold water flow into the geyser cutting down on your electricity costs. These amazing point-of-use geysers are also great for outdoor bathroom or braai areas.
The value buy
Water Warrior (R110; Slightly Greenish at Faithful-to-nature.co.za)
Instead of letting perfectly good grey water go to waste, divert it to the garden with this device. Simply hook up the Water Warrior to your outlet pipe of choice (you’ll need to wrap plumbing thread over the narrow end and attach a 25mm garden hose) and secure it with a plumbing clamp. Imagine how much you’ll save by reusing the water from your bath, shower, or washing machine! Opt for biodegradable detergents and toiletries, and don’t use kitchen water.
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The simple must-have
Ellies Toilet Flush Saver Chrome (R85; Builders Warehouse)
Gone are the days of putting bricks in your cistern to save litres of water with every flush – just install this nifty gadget instead. The Ellies Toilet Flush Saver converts an automatic flush (for most toilets that’s around 15 litres!) into a manual flush so, instead of emptying the entire cistern with every flush, you control how much water is used by holding the flusher until you’re satisfied with the result. The added bonus? You don’t need any tools to install it.
The time saver
Boa Waterpebble (R225; Faithful-to-nature.co.za)
Want to save 60 litres of water a day? Swap your lengthy soak for a quick shower, and here’s a product to make the transition easier. Place The Boa Waterpebble near the drain or on the wall of your shower and it will activate as soon as the water starts running. It will time your first shower and, after that, it will help you shave a minute off your routine every time you hop in the shower. The pebble starts out by displaying a green light, changes to orange when you need to start finishing up, and switches to red when you need to get out of the shower. So simple.
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The problem solver
Water Conservation Systems Universal Gutter Mesh (R89; faithful-to-nature.co.za)
Already collecting rainwater? Water Conservation Systems’ Universal Gutter Mesh stops leaves and insects from getting into your rainwater tank. The mesh is easy to install and only requires you to have a ladder and strong pair of scissors at hand. As the rain flows off your roof and through the mesh, the leaves collect above the mesh and won’t clog your gutters or enter your rainwater tank.
The shower saviour
Hansgrohe Crometta 85 Green Jet1 Overhead Shower (R676,58; hansgrohe.co.za)
A standard showerhead can use up to 25 litres of water per minute, but a water-saving showerhead – like this one from Hansgrohe – can cut that down to just six litres a minute. The best bit? The head restricts the amount of water that moves through it while it also increases the air flow, so you don’t have to sacrifice the water pressure you’re used to – and you’ll save a whole lot of water, too.
The quick fix
Water Wizz 6 Pack 9-litres-per-minute Flow Control Disc (R83; Sustainable.co.za)
The Flow Control Discs by Water Wizz are a simple way of reducing your water consumption within seconds. You don’t even have to break out the toolbox. All you need to do is pop one of these discs onto the end of the tap in your kitchen. It’s that easy. The discs won’t affect the water pressure, but will reduce your consumption by nine litres per minute.