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December 6th, 2010 - 

We need to be smart about the way we use water or we could end up looking at a dry future. Effective ways to reduce water use start with us. Making just a few changes adds up to big savings for you and the environment.

On your lawn 
– Limit your amount of lawn area and use drought-tolerant grass. Don’t mow lawns too short (at least 3cm stalks).  
– Care for your lawn by applying compost or organic fertilizers; aerate the lawn with a fork for more efficient watering and water deeply with rainwater or grey water (water from your laundry and shower).  
– Let your lawn go brown, it will rejuvenate when it rains.
Water-saving devices 
– Install a rainwater tank to capture and store rainwater for use on the garden and lawn (when using water from your rainwater tank, water restrictions do not apply).  
 – Grey water systems divert laundry and bathroom (shower, basin and bath) water onto lawns and gardens. Be careful
not to poison the soil with all the detergents in the water. 
– Connect your hose to your rainwater tank to deliver water directly to the soil and roots. 
– Install a pool cover, this can save up to 100 liters of water a day that would otherwise be lost to evaporation.  
– Install low flow taps to reduce water consumption.  
– Check taps for leaks and repair. 
– Use a broom to sweep driveways and paths.

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