Water Saving

Water Saving


Having the privilege to pay for water does not mean we should be wasteful. Abdullah ibn Amr reported: The Messenger of Allah, peace and blessings be upon him, passed by Sa’d while he was performing ablution. The Prophet (pbuh) said, “What is this extravagance?” Sa’d said, “Is there extravagance with water in ablution?” The Prophet (pbuh) said, “Yes, even if you were on the banks of a flowing river.”


Many of us take for granted the fact that we can open a tap and a get clean, safe and reliable supply of water into our homes or business. Few of us are however aware that water is an extremely precious and scarce commodity. Recent studies conducted by the Department of Water Affairs have shown that in the very near future there may not be enough water available to the eThekwini Municipality to meet our needs. Domestic consumers pay for water based on a stepped tariff the more water you use, the higher the rate you pay.


Water levels in KZN continue to drop despite the rainfall that has taken place over the past month. Water rationing has been implemented at households, being supplied by Hazelmere Dam and Umgeni River.


The impact of water scarcity on crop farming will soon be one of South Africa's biggest problems. This is due to farmers not being able to grow and irrigate their farms adequately. Thus leading to a loss of production of crops. For example, South Africa is a net exporter of maize (i.e. We produce more maize than we can eat and can therefore export the maize to other countries). Being a net exporter of maize has a positive impact on our currency (increases the trade surplus and decreases our trade gap) and therefore also has an indirect impact on the country’s interest rate, which is a key determinant of inflation. Therefore in short poor water management can be directly linked to a higher inflation rate, and a higher cost of living.


How to make a difference by saving Water:


  • Use a cup of water when brushing your teeth.
  • Shower for 5 minutes at most.
  • Close tap while between the various stages of wudhu.
  • Teach children about the importance and the scarcity of water
  • Saving water can save electricity (By reducing hot water usage, a saving of both Water and electricity can be achieved
  • Install water efficient (aerated low flow) taps on your basin or kitchen sink to save water (Up to 30% of domestic water is used in sinks, dish-washers and baths. A standard tap uses between 15 and 18 liters per minute while a water efficient tap can use less than 6 liters per minute.


Did you know?

  • A dripping tap (one drop per second) wastes up to 30 liters per hour.
  • Using 2 buckets of water to wash your car saves 300 liters.     






As the ultimate source of life, water is held in high regard by most societies. It is considered a blessing, a gift and something, which must be protected for the benefit of all of mankind (both current and generations to come).


If you see mis-use of water kindly SMS Ethekwini residents on 0837073013 or email eservices@durban.gov.za

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