7 Cheap products you can buy to save water

National Water Week (20 – 26 March) is in full swing and there are a variety of water saving products that home owners in the Western Cape can buy to conserve and protect our water resources. What’s more, you don’t have to pay an arm and a leg to purchase these products, finds Angelique Ruzicka.

While the Western Cape’s water reservoirs and rivers are drying up you could be forgiven for feeling despondent and unsure of what to do. Dam levels in parts of the country are at a critical low at 22% and the Western Cape Government has reported only 113 days left of usable water. However, with the rise in technology there are plenty of appliances that you can buy that support a water wise lifestyle and will go far in the fight to conserve water.

According to Takealot, rather than making do with dirty cars and dry lawns, South Africans are getting savvy and opting for water-saving shower heads and clever water-wise garden crystals, among other dynamic solutions.

As the saying goes: “Necessity is the mother of invention”, and that’s certainly applied to the Western Cape as level 3B restrictions have given rise to a fleet of water-saving products flooding the market.

“We’ve expanded our water wise range of products by 25% to make sure we have everything our customers need and we’ve noticed a significant rise in sales of these items – seeing 75% growth in the last five months alone,” says Takealot’s chief marketing officer Julie-Anne Walsh says.

Here are some of the products that have sold successfully so far through Takealot and other stores. The good news is that most of these products are affordable and offer great money-saving ways to conserve water:

1. The Superhead Rainwater Tank Filter from Filtershop (R950): “Simple, affordable solutions like watering cans and buckets have seen the biggest increase overall and our Superhead Rainwater Tank Filter from FilterShop has been selling particularly well – showing us that customers are really making the effort to maximise the use of any rainwater that falls in their day-to-day water usage,” says Walsh.

2. The H2Flo Water-Saving Showerhead (range in price from R145 to R169): Who would’ve thought that by simply changing your showerhead that you could save water? “An H2Flo Water-Saving Showerhead is also a popular and inexpensive upgrade, which is great as the average shower uses 22 litres of water per minute, while an eco-showerhead uses only 7.5 to 10 litres per minute, depending on the model,” explains Walsh.

3. The Stockosorb Water Wise Crystals (R99): These are a reservoir for water retention. The Stockosorb Water Wise Crystals from Efekto will go a long way to helping a thirsty garden recover. Work the environmentally safe crystals around plants’ roots, and they’ll transform into gel-sponges that aid water absorption and retention. Creating a continuously available water reservoir, you can keep your plants healthy despite minimal water use.

4. Water Warrior: This products can be fitted to you’re the outlet pipes for your bath water. They effectively assist in getting grey water from your home to the garden.  Visit any of the Stodels garden centres to purchase the product. Their staff will even assist with installation information.

5. Mulch: According to Stodels mulch retains soil moisture and prevents soil erosion plus it suppresses weed germination and growth.  Plenty of compost also holds moisture in the soil and provides nutrients for plant growth.

6. Green kits to educate the kids: It’s important to get the next generation into thinking that conserving water is important so that future generations are not landed with the same problem that we’re currently facing.  Kits like the Green Science’s Clean Water Science (R119 on Takealot) are ideal for mini conservationists in the making, with a complete table top water filtration plant, lessons on disinfecting water using solar power and more.

7. Green books: Learn how to live a more water wise lifestyle by reading up on some water-saving tips. Download Water-Saving Tips For Dummies (R119 on Takealot) as an eBook to read up next time you travel and educate your kids with some bedtime reading from Jen Green’s Why Should I Save Water? It retails for R71 on Takealot.

7. Buy plants that don’t need much water: The Western Cape government recommends planting indigenous plants which can tolerate extreme heat and require little watering. It further advises grouping plants with the same water needs together, so that you don’t overwater plants with varying water needs.

If you are able to spend a lot more money you could install a borehole, rainwater tank or wellpoint. For more information, click here.

Prices listed are correct as at 20 March, 2017 and are subject to change.