City of Ekurhuleni

Water Saving Tips

Water Saving Tips

Water is a resource that we cannot do without. Use it sparingly

The City of Ekurhuleni brings you the following water wise tips:


  • When brushing your teeth remember to turn off the tap - a running tap wastes litres of water per minute.

Leak detection and repair:

  • To detect a slow leak add a few drops of food colouring to your toilet cistern.
  • Don't flush it for about an hour.
  • If the food colouring is present after an hour, you have a leak.
  • It's easy to fix though! Call a recommended plumber or, if you fancy a bit of DIY, take the parts to the hardware store and ask the staff to help with replacement part.
  • Remember to check again for a leak once fixed.


  • Dual flush toilets have a split flush button which gives the user the choice of how much water to use.
  • A Cistern Displacement Device can be placed in the cistern to displace around a litre of water every time you flush. They are super easy to install.
  • Installing a CDD can achieve saving thousands of litres per year.
  • Avoid flushing away cotton ball or make up tissues, simply throwing them in a bin will cut down on the amount of water wasted with every flush.
  • Repair promptly cistern leaks and any form of leaks.


  • Showering uses less water than bathing. It also saves you money on your electrical account.
  • Use a low flow showerhead.
  • Take shorter showers – five minutes or less.
  • Put a bucket in the shower to catch to cold water while you wait for it to get hot. You can use this water to water your garden.
  • When you shower, wet your body, turn the water off apply soap, wash and then rise off with water.


  • A bath typically uses around 80 litres, while a short shower can use as little as a third of that amount.
  • Plug the basin when shaving rather than rinsing your blade under running water, this can saves up to 45 litres per month.
  • You can minimise your water use by reusing your bathwater to water your houseplants, garden or flush your toilet.


  • The kitchen tap and dishwasher account for 8% to 14% of water used in the home.
  • Try and use a full load every time. This can be helped by ensuring you buy a dishwasher with a capacity suitable for your household size.
  • Experiment with different settings on your dishwasher, many modern machines offer 'Eco' or 'Economy' setting which use less water and energy. These can even be more efficient than hand washing.
  • Avoid pre-rinsing dishes, detergents are highly effective, so all you need to do is simply scrape and place.
  • If you are washing in the sink, try adding a washing up bowl or plug into your sink to catch excess water. This can reduce water wastage by 50% and be used to wash your vegetables before cooking.
  • Don't hand rinse or wash dishes – pour water in the sink and then do all of the dishes.


  • Clothes washing can account for 15% of water used in homes.
  • When buying a washing machine, have a look at the water wise ranking.
  • Remember to read the manual to find out which cycles are the most water efficient.


  • Waiting for the tap to run cold, or warm, can waste a lot of water. Save this water for drinking, cleaning vegetables.
  • Plants love to have a drink of any left over water in glasses.
  • Try to fill the kettle with only what is needed, this will save water and energy.
  • Using the lid on saucepans reduces the amount of water lost, so you don't have to put as much in.


  • Use a broom, not a hose to clean driveways and walkways.
  • Mulch around plants to hold water in the soil.
  • Plant plants that require less water.
  • Water plants early or late in the day to reduce evaporation.
  • Wash your car using a bucket of water and not the hosepipe.
  • Close all taps and check whether the water meter is running. If so, there are leaks that need to be identified and repaired.
  • Stop refilling pools or cover pool with an impermeable material to reduce evaporation.


Water & Sanitation Department