Some of us live in areas of high rain fall where there is plenty of rain all year around, but of course some of us do not. Therefore it is our collective responsibility to conserve water on our planet and halt some of the damage caused by climate change.
.Small changes in our habits can make a big difference to our water usage. So how do we do that at home.
In our kitchen
- Check if you can redirect water from the kitchen sink to the garden.
- Use a bowl when washing dishes so you don’t just leave the tap running.
- If you are gong to run your wait until it is full and use the economy cycle, this will reduce the amount of water you are using.
- .Instead of rinsing the plates before they go into the dishwasher scrape the leftovers into the bin rather than rinsing under the running tap.
- Only put your washing machine on if the load is full.
- Wait until there is a full load before washing your dirty clothes and front loaders use less water than top loaders.
In your garden
- When watering your garden do it early in the morning ,this allows for the water to be absorbed into the ground instead of evaporating in the hot sun during the day, therefore using less water.
- Redirecting your bathroom and kitchen water to the garden will help save water.
- Connect garden hoses around the garden and puncture the hoses with holes which will allow the water to filter out from various places instead of from one end only.
- The water will then be able to penetrate to a much deeper level, this will encourage the roots of the plants to grow longer and stronger. This will be in turn enhance the plants’ own search for water.
- Water sprinklers use huge quantities of water, approximately 300 – 650 litres of water an hour. If they are left on over night, that’s at least 2,400 litres of water! So only use them for short periods of time.
- Set up a large tank or area to collect rain water which is a natural and free source of water.
- Each time you flush a toilet in your house it can use between 12-20 litres of water.
- We waste up to 4.5 litres of water every time we brush our teeth due to the tap running. Turn the tap off until you need it.
- Showers are more environmentally friendly than baths. Even if you use the shower, you can reduce the amount of water you use. Install a low-flow shower head if you can.
- Also spray taps release less water but they still do the same thing as a normal tap. You can fit them in the bathroom, powder rooms or kitchens.
- Don’t throw garbage down the toilet.
These are some of the small changes you can make that will have a big impact and help save water.
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