Gaining wisdom about conserving water is essential, as it is a scarce resource that is in ever-increasing demand. We need to be mindful of the future and start doing whatever we can to save water. Not only will saving water help the environment, but it will also help you decrease your water bill, especially as the cost of water increases. Let’s take a look at how we can be water wise in our homes.
Water wise keys
1. Rainwater harvesting and water storage
Water from rain, hail, sleet and snow can be harvested from roofs and stored in water tanks. These water tanks are able to store water for a number of uses (providing it is uncontaminated and sufficiently distilled or filtered depending on the use):
- Dish washing
- Laundry washing
- Car washing
- Toilet flushing
- Watering gardens
- Filling swimming pools and ponds
Rain harvesting is becoming more popular as it helps reduce reliance on municipal-supplied water, which can be cut off without warning. Harvesting rain, and using water from storage tanks, saves money and helps reduce strain on city drainage systems.
Aquatec Solutions stock a variety of Roto Tanks, including vertical tanks and horizontal tanks. In addition, various rain harvesting products, such as gauges, filters and leaf catchers, are available to get your rain harvesting efforts to a solid start.
Water tanks can also be used to store grey water. Grey water is relatively clean bathroom and washing or dishwashing machine waste water, which can also be used for watering your garden as it is said to have a lot of nutrients for plant life. Contact us about installing a greywater system in your home.
2. Practise water wise gardening
Be water wise with your lawn
Lawns usually require a lot of water, except for Buffalo grass. But if you can’t make use of Buffalo grass, then just make sure you do not cut your grass too short. When grass is slightly longer, the taller blades shade the roots and help prevent evaporation. So, yes, it is time to take the lawnmower in for a service.
Pay attention to the soil
You can practise saving water simply by looking after the soil in your garden. Adding compost to your garden at least once every year will infuse the soil with necessary nutrients, and it will improve water retention. Earthworms also love compost-rich soil and they are happy to help with soil aeration and drainage. In addition to compost, adding mulch on top of your garden soil will also help save water. Mulch refers to enriching things like pebbles, stones, pine needles, straw, wood chips, nut shells and dried leaves. By keeping the soil covered and cool, mulch effectively reduces evaporation from plant roots. Mulch is great for suppressing weeds, preventing soil compaction and reducing erosion.
Choose indigenous water wise plants
There are a lot of beautiful indigenous water wise plants to choose from in South Africa. Once planted, they require very little water to survive and thrive. Make water wise gardening a fun adventure and explore all the options. Flutter By Nursery, Aquatec’s neighbour, has a great range of indigenous water wise plants to choose from, so why not pop in for a visit?
Put plants together according to their water needs
To avoid wasting water, it is wise to group plants in your garden according to their water requirements. If you do have plants that need a lot of water then it is better to put them close together, so that less water needs to be used.
Establish shade and windbreaks
Two forces of nature that will steal the water in your garden is sun and wind. When planning your garden, plant some trees and shrubs that will provide shade, and therefore slow evaporation down. In addition, creating some natural windbreaks in your garden that will protect and shelter plants from wind will also help save water.
Installing water wise garden irrigation
Installing a smart irrigation system in your garden, such as Rain Bird or Hunter will use less water than if you use traditional sprinklers or water by hosepipe methods. A drip irrigation system, such as Netafim, will also do wonders to save water. Learn a bit more about drip irrigation here.
No matter the method used to keep your garden hydrated, do not overwater your garden. Only water your garden when it is necessary – during or after heavy rainfall doesn’t make sense. It is also important to water your garden early in the morning or in the evening when evaporation will be at its lowest.
If you start implementing just some of these water wise ways at home you will certainly start saving water – and every drop counts. If you call Midrand, Kyalami, Fourways, Lonehill or Bryanston home, then come visit Aquatec Solutions and Flutter By Nursery and let’s chat about ways to reduce your water bill.