South Africa is classified as a semi-arid country, and is currently the 30th driest country in the world. The cost associated with water will also increase as water becomes more scares, not just to force the end-user to use less water, but also out of a true economical approach based on supply and demand.
There is quite a few ways, without changing your lifestyle, to reduce the average water consumption of you house or facility. As some areas in our country is already facing water restrictions and the other areas will follow suit, it is crucial to safe every drop of water possible.
The availability of water is not a problem facing some of us,
but all of us.
In big facilities with high water usage, it definitively make sense to install and manage water pressure, leakages and convert water utilities like toilets to use less water with each flush.
In households, supplementary water sources like rainwater harvesting, the reuse of grey water for irrigation and swimming pool backwash water harvesting to put back into the swimming pool, are cost effective and easy to implement.
Simple ways to easily reduce consumption with immediate effect:
Faulty water endpoints
Low-flow shower heads
Greywater for irrigation
Greywater for toilet flushing