For Capetonians, Day Zero has been pushed back to 2019, but that doesn’t mean the people of the Cape Peninsula can relax their newly acquired water-saving habits. We take a look at some of the more innovative water-saving hacks that have surfaced recently. And while plastic is not always the environment’s friend, in this case it’s put to good use….

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Since someone came up with the idea to attach a showerhead to a high-pressure sprayer to bring down water usage, the response has been overwhelmingly positive, with one user on social media gushing that she is saving up to 15 litres of water per two-minute shower! From a five-litre pressure sprayer you can pick up at your local Pick n Pay to the RinseKit portable shower, you can enjoy a (more) guilt-free shower. Capetonians have also been innovative in other ways, such as fixing a small pipe or straw to the base of a two-litre plastic bottle to save water when washing hands, brushing teeth or shaving. Make a small hole in the base of a two-litre bottle and push a short pipe into it – you can seal the pipe with glue. When you need water, simply push against the bottle and enough water comes out, but nowhere near as much as opening a tap. If you need a continuous flow then simply unscrew and loosen the top. Struggling to wash your hair? One social-media user shared this idea: strap a two-litre bottle filled with water to your back, with the cap removed. Bend over a basin to wet your hair and stand up straight to stop the flow – as easy as that. Again, a bowl in the basin helps to catch the soapy water, which can go into the cistern of the toilet. You might need a hand to get your head-shower attached, though! The Facebook group Water Shedding Western Cape has some pretty amazing ideas being posted by members. reported that one user designed a series of interlocking pipes as a water-storage device for people who don’t have the garden space for a water-storage tank. It uses plastic piping, and for every 10 metres of pipe it can store up to 78 litres of water. It was then suggested by other users that the pipe system be painted black and kept in sunlight, which would mean that the water would warm up. Worried about how you’ll be able to carry your water supply once Day Zero has arrived? A Facebook user posted a picture of a clever water collector wheeling their precious bottle in a suitcase. A member of the group Water Shedding Western Cape also requisitioned her husband’s golf bag for ‘official use’. Fetching water doesn’t have to be a pain in the neck (or back), after all!

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