The Cape Town water crisis at this point is major. Saving water is imperative. We deal constantly with landlords here at Gunstons. We decided to look at the crisis with landlords in mind. You as a landlord might own various properties. It is not possible, however, to entirely control the actions of your tenants. In this post we will mention a number of ways in which a landlord can save water on a property occupied by a tenant. Here are some water saving tips for landlords. Lets push back day zero!
Water saving tips for landlords
- Send a letter to your tenants encouraging them to save water. List to them ways in which they can save water. Thank them for saving thus far, but encourage a greater effort if needed. We all know by this point that we need to save, but another reminder will only help to re-encourage efforts to save (especially when so many still are not saving).
- Install a large rainwater tank to collect as much runoff water from the roof from any rain that we are blessed to receive in this dry time.
- If you have a pool, place a pool cover over it. Also, collect your backwash water. Remember, it is always about recycling water now!
- Recognise that a garden is a luxury and release it from your concern. If your garden becomes brown, consider it an act of solidarity with your fellow Capetonians! A water-wise way of protecting your garden is to mulch your plants – this retains water. Consider getting a well point or borehole, however, this must be registered. And note, outdoor usage of boreholes is strongly discouraged. Consider replacing larger portions of your lawn with gravel or stones etc.
- Provide your tenants with buckets to collect water in the shower etc. Big and/or small, depending on the context. Even the most resistant tenant will feel more motivated if they have their own buckets at easy access.
- Fit taps with aerators or restrictors to reduce the flow of the water to maximum 6 litres per minute.
- Install flow-reducing shower heads on your showers.
- Check the toilet(s) for leaks. Place some food colouring in the toilet tank. If colour appears in the bowl after 30 minutes, there is a leak that should be repaired immediately.
- Set up (or encourage your tenant to set up) a system that catches water from the washing machine. Use this water to flush toilets.
These have been some water saving tips for landlords. If we all do our part, we can beat day zero. If you are a landlord and require assistance on a legal matter, do not hesitate to contact us at [email protected].