You don’t know its true worth until its gone.
Did you know human blood is 83% water? Life on the earth is possible only because of water!
Here are some ideas on how to save water. Maybe you can adopt some.
Have fun, save the environment and money doing it.
- Eliminate any and all leaks. A dripping tap can waste 15 litres of water a day, or 5,500 litres of water a year
- Always turn off running water
- Take short showers. Shower can use anything between 6 and 45 litres per minute. The average time spent in the shower varies considerably, but the general trend showers longer showers are on the rise. Try using a shower timer.
- Reduce the flow of toilets and shower heads. Low flow showerheads reduce the amount of water used, whilst still giving you the feel of a normal shower
- Install aerators. Aerated showerheads reduce the flow but don’t compromise on pressure. They maintain the pressure by mixing in air with water to produce a steady, even spray
- Fill a jug with tap water and place this in your fridge. This will mean you do not have to leave the cold tap running for the water to run cold before you fill your glass
- Wash Laundry and dishes with full loads
- Turn off the tap while brushing your teeth and shaving
- Turn off the tap while soaping up in the shower
- Try to avoid flushing away cotton ball or make up tissues, simply throwing them in a bin will cut down on the amount of water wasted with every flush
- Recycle indoor water and use for plants
- Install a high efficiency toilet. Dual flush toilets have a split flush button which gives the user the choice of how much water to use. Dual flush toilets typically use 4-6 litres of water opposed to the old style flush systems which use a massive 13 litres per flush
- Plant indigenous plants
- Plant drought resistant plants
- Install drip irrigation
- Use a broom to clean outdoor areas don’t use hosepipes
- Mulching your plants (with bark chippings, heavy compost or straw) and watering in the early morning and late afternoon will reduce evaporation and also save water
- Place a cistern displacement device (CDD) in your toilet cistern to reduce the volume of water used in each flush. Installing a CDD can achieve savings of up to 5000 litres per year. (You can use a brick!)
- Install a water butt to your drainpipe and use the water collected to water your plants, clean your car and wash your windows
- Water your garden with a watering can rather than a hosepipe. A hosepipe uses 1,000 litres of water an hour
- Invest in water-efficient goods when you need to replace household products. You can now buy water-efficient showerheads, taps, toilets, washing machines, dishwashers and many other water-saving products