24/01/2018 11:44 SAST | Updated 24/01/2018 12:25 SAST

How To Save Water 101 – Helen Zille Gives Us Pointers💧

"Save water as if your life depends on it. Because it does!" – Helen Zille

Ever since the announcement that Cape Town was past the point of no return and Day Zero was unavoidable, Western Cape premier Helen Zille has been encouraging Capetonians in a series of tweets to take Day Zero seriously, if they are to avoid it.

"Save water as if your life depends on it. Because it does!"Helen Zille

For the next 150 days, Capetonians must push their daily water consumption to below 50 litres per person per day, which should be distributed like this:

50 litres per day:

Washing: 18 litres for dishes and laundry, 5 litres for a 90-second shower

Sanitation: 9 litres for one toilet flush, 3 litres for daily hygiene; brushing teeth, etc.

Consumption: 2 litres for cooking and drinking, 1 litre for your dog

But she did not stop there. Zille then tweeted various ways and methods that the City of Cape Town could save water, reminding people to save water "as if your life depended on it. Because it does!".

Here are some of her suggested methods to stave off Day Zero:

1. Never use fresh water to flush toilets

Zille urges residents to flush as little as possible – solid waste only, really.

2. Reuse water and never pour it down the drain

Zille also suggests having buckets lined up to catch rainwater whenever it rains.

3. Use cold water, because warm water wastes

Capetonians have been responding positively to Zille by publishing videos of their own on how they save water.

It would seem Zille's advice is working, as water consumption has improved this week, compared to last week.

Zille and the city of Cape Town have warned residents who waste water that it will be levying penalties on heavy water users.

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Zille believes that Day Zero can still be avoided "by the skin of our teeth", if every single resident saves water.

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