Water Conservation

Water Conservation

Personal Guide to Water Conservation

Personal Guide to Water Conservation


  • Read your water meter regularly and keep track of your water usage.
  • Make sure you know where your stop cock valve is, so you can shut off water quickly if you have a burst water pipe.
  • Put a solid object e.g. small sealed plastic bottle in the cistern to reduce the amount of water used when flushing. Each flush can use up to 11 litres of water.
  • Make sure the toilet flush handle does not stick after flushing.
  • When washing dishes, do not let the water run while rinsing. Rather use a sink or dish with rinse water.
  • Soak pots and pans before washing them instead of running water while you scrub them.
  • Put a container under house gutters to collect rainwater for watering the garden.
  • Plug the bath tub before turning the water on. Do not run the water down the drain while waiting for it to heat up.
  • Keep showers short and turn off when soaping. A shower uses 10 litres per minute.
  • Turn off the water when you brush your teeth. Use a glass of water instead to rinse after brushing.
  • Teach everyone to turn off taps tightly after use and replace washers when the tap is dripping. A slow dripping tap wastes over 1500 litres (10 bath tubs) of water in a month.
  • Do not turn taps on to the full. ½ inch taps use 9 litres per minute. ¾ inch taps use 15 litres per minute.
  • Do not wash your car with running water hose. Use a bucket. Wash your car on the lawn or another area needing water.
  • Always water your garden or vegetable plot during the evenings when temperatures are cool, to minimize evaporation.
  • Use a bucket to water vegetable gardens instead of hose pipe.
  • Wash your dogs on the lawn.
  • More plants die from overwatering than underwatering. Only water your garden when absolutely necessary.
  • Use a layer of mulch around plants to reduce evaporation, promote plant growth and reduce weeds.
  • Immediately report any broken pipes, open hydrants or water leaks in your street or suburb to these Bulawayo numbers:

    E-mail Working Hours: 60408, 65573

    E-mail After Hours: 77331

Water Conservation

Water Conservation

Personal Guide to Water Conservation

Personal Guide to Water Conservation


  • Read your water meter regularly and keep track of your water usage.
  • Make sure you know where your stop cock valve is, so you can shut off water quickly if you have a burst water pipe.
  • Put a solid object e.g. small sealed plastic bottle in the cistern to reduce the amount of water used when flushing. Each flush can use up to 11 litres of water.
  • Make sure the toilet flush handle does not stick after flushing.
  • When washing dishes, do not let the water run while rinsing. Rather use a sink or dish with rinse water.
  • Soak pots and pans before washing them instead of running water while you scrub them.
  • Put a container under house gutters to collect rainwater for watering the garden.
  • Plug the bath tub before turning the water on. Do not run the water down the drain while waiting for it to heat up.
  • Keep showers short and turn off when soaping. A shower uses 10 litres per minute.
  • Turn off the water when you brush your teeth. Use a glass of water instead to rinse after brushing.
  • Teach everyone to turn off taps tightly after use and replace washers when the tap is dripping. A slow dripping tap wastes over 1500 litres (10 bath tubs) of water in a month.
  • Do not turn taps on to the full. ½ inch taps use 9 litres per minute. ¾ inch taps use 15 litres per minute.
  • Do not wash your car with running water hose. Use a bucket. Wash your car on the lawn or another area needing water.
  • Always water your garden or vegetable plot during the evenings when temperatures are cool, to minimize evaporation.
  • Use a bucket to water vegetable gardens instead of hose pipe.
  • Wash your dogs on the lawn.
  • More plants die from overwatering than underwatering. Only water your garden when absolutely necessary.
  • Use a layer of mulch around plants to reduce evaporation, promote plant growth and reduce weeds.
  • Immediately report any broken pipes, open hydrants or water leaks in your street or suburb to these Bulawayo numbers:

    E-mail Working Hours: 60408, 65573

    E-mail After Hours: 77331