i would like to introduce you to my sister-in-law Shana and her easy and doable water-saving idea combo:

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Guys. I did it. I brushed teeth, showered, shaved and washed and conditioned my hair, using 5L of water, and caught it all to use to flush the toilet tonight. To be honest, it was actually so easy, I’m aiming for 4L tomorrow.

Here’s how:

1. Measure 5L hot water into a smallish bucket.

2. Take a quarter glass out to brush your teeth.

3. Wash your face. Best done first. 

4. Flip your hair over the bucketand using a jug wet it.

5. Rinse over the bucket to catch all the water you shower with.

6. Repeat 4 and 5 to condition.

7. Soap up

8. Rinse yourself using the jug. Stand in a bigger container while you do this to catch all the water for your toilet.

9. Shave (do this last otherwise it’s gross).

I thought it would be impossible but this is so doable! Try it tomorrow and challenge a friend to so the same. This thing is real.

Cape Town Water Crisis Day Zero






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Who do you know who has some great and helpful tips on water saving? Share their story in the comments…

[For Shana’s big realisation that followed this blog post and led to some eye-opening revelations, click here]

[For a selection of helpful tips and ideas that helped this family of four drop to 26,6l per day, click here]