5 Ways to save water in the kitchen
With water restrictions looming across the country, the Department of Water and Sanitation has again stressed wise water use.
Steam veg instead of boiling
Steaming your vegetables is a double win – it’ll keep you and the water table healthy. Steaming veggies leave them crispier and packing all the nutrients and colour of their former raw selves. Compared to boiling, which drains all the goodness out of them.
Don’t leave taps running
Apply this rule throughout your household. Rinsing under running taps use more water than placing a holder in your sink would.
Defrost frozen food in the microwave or place it on your sink tray overnight, instead of melting the ice under running water.
Fix all leaks
Leaking taps account for a large portion of water loss in South Africa. Plumbing can be a time consuming and costly but getting your leaks fixed, will save you extra water bill charges. You’ll also avoid the hassle of laying down buckets, newspapers, or towels to catch a water spill.
Reuse excess water
Rather than straining your rice in an open sink, pour the excess water into a jug or bucket to water your plants or garden.
Wash more than one dish at a time
Invest in a dishwasher. Dishwashers are not only convenient for washing your dishes, but they’re great devices for saving water if you only switch it on once it’s filled with dirty dishes.
If buying a dishwasher is not an option, save water by using a double basin sink and only washing your dishes once you have a whole sink full. Avoid rinsing dishes under a running tap and rather water rinse them in a separate sink of water.