Water, one of the reasons why life exists on earth, needs to be used properly. Waters from dams, rivers and lakes for human use affects wildlife too.
Follow this simple ways how to conserve water, pay less on your water bills and help the environment.
Turn off the taps
About nine litres of water a minute is wasted if the taps are leave open while you are brushing your teeth, cleaning or washing fruit and vegetables. So, instead of letting the water and money go down the drain, below are ways to cut down on wastage.
- save the cold water that comes through before a tap runs hot, and use it to water plants
- keep a jug of water in the fridge instead of waiting for the tap to run cold
- turn off the taps when you’re brushing your teeth or shaving
- wash fruit and vegetables in a washing-up bowl full of water instead of under a running tap
Flush less water down the toilet
Toilet flushing is responsible for almost a third of the homes water usage. Most likely you flush away as mush waters a day as you drink in a week. Here are some ways to lessen it:
- install a water saving bag (‘save-a-flush’ or ‘hippo’) in the cistern of a higher flush toilet – this reduces the water used with each flush
- when buying a new toilet, choose a water-saving, low-flush or dual-flush version
- fit a variable flushing device to existing higher flush toilets – this will give you a choice of flush volumes to help save water
- throw cotton wool, sanitary products and other waste in the bin, not the toilet
Take shorter showers
A swift shower uses much less water than taking a bath. Nonetheless, most of the commercial showers are not water efficient, that is, consumes more waters than a bath in less than 5 minutes.
Using showers with timers helps you saves water. One minute off in your shower time, for a family of 5 would save 15,000 liters a year.
Fix dripping taps and leaks
Dripping taps wastes 16 litres of water a day. The bad side is that you are paying for water you haven’t used. It may also cause damage to your belongings and possibly to the neighbourhood.
- Follow these easy plumbing works and save gallons of water without being expensive:
- fix dripping taps or overflows; a new washer costs just a few pence and can be fitted in minutes
- install a leak detector to warn you about leaks anywhere in your house