1) Ensure that your home is leak-free
because some places in your home could have leaks. We must
never underestimate these leaks. One leak alone can waste a lot of
water and a few of them would be disasterous. Water that leaks out could
also be polluted and no one would wish for his or her home to be dirty
because of the water.
2) We should also repair dripping faucets.
Dripping faucets is one of the main reasons why we waste water without
even knowing it. Many of us simply turn off the tap after washing our
hands and we really never seem to notice it dripping. Dripping faucets
also result in wastage of water.
3) Avoid flushing the toilet unnecessarily.
A flush of the toilet could use up about 1 to 2 litres of water. Do not
waste it. Instead of throwing something into the toilet and flushing it
away, why don’t you just pick up the item and throw it away
elsewhere. The toilet is not the only alternative.
4) Take shorter showers. A long bath may use
up about 90 litres of water. A short shower uses less. However, the
result is the same. You come out clean and fresh. So, if you save
water, you may even use the 90 litres of water for two showers instead
of one bath.
5) Do not let water flow while you are
washing your face or brushing your teeth. This is one big mistake that
most of us make. We all like letting water flow down the tap as we
brush our teeth. We should not do this. A better practice would be to
place water in a mug, so as to save water.
6) Operate your washing machines when they
are fully loaded or adjust the water level
according to the size of the load you are washing. By doing this, you
save water,. Imagine using a full tank of water, to wash just a little
load of clothes, it is just not worth it. In the end, you also stand to
lose out because you waste money.
7) Do not use running water to thaw meat.
Defrost the meat overnight or by using the
microwave oven. When we want to defrost meat or fish, we turn
to running water. Defrosting meat overnight is a better practice. By
doing this, you save water and money.
8) Wash fruits and vegetables in a bowl
instead of under running water. Even though, water in a bowl is little
compared to running water, washing vegetables and fruits in it no
problem at all. The foods will still come out clean. So, why not
practice this good habit and save water?
9) Turn of the water hose fully after use.
Many of us use the water hose for many uses, like washing our legs,
washing the car, but do we really turn it off properly. We are usually
in a hurry, and do not bother to check if it is turned off properly and
thus, water is wasted like that. We should all adopt the habit of
making sure the hose is fully turned off. 3 to 4 seconds is not a lot
10) Water plants in a watering can instead
of running hose. Some people may have this habit of using a
running hose to water plants. This is not a good habit. In fact, too
much water may be harmful to the plants. With a watering can it is
easier to control the amount of water that comes out and thus, water
can be saved and the plants would not be harmed.
11) Use water that has been used to wash
fruits to water plants. The fruits that we usually have are not really
very dirty. So, using it to water the plants is definitely all right.
Plants do not really require clean water to survive. In fact, one can
also use rain water to water the plants
12) Wash cars using pails that are filled
with water rather than using a running hose. Using pails that are
filled with water is just as good as using a running hose. The car
still comes out clean. If you are one of the culprits that use running
hoses to wash cars, start using pails.
13) If possible, collect rainwater.
Rainwater can be useful too. Like mentioned, rainwater can used to
water the plants. It can also be used to wash the floor of the corridor
outside our home (if you are living in a flat). Furthermore, collecting
rainwater does not require much energy at all. So, it is a good way of
14) Avoid playing “water
bomb” fights. It wastes water. “Water
bomb” fights is just a source of entertainment for children.
There are many other ways for children to enjoy themselves so, why play
a game that wastes water. Playing this kind of game is not advised as
the child may get the wrong idea that playing water is something
natural and fun and that no harm is done.
15) Collect water on a running hose, instead
of a dripping tap.
Obtaining water on a dripping tap wastes both water and time. As water
drips down slowly from a tap, not only water is wasted through
evaporation, time is also wasted. Why not just get the suitable amount
of water quickly with the help of a hose so as to save time and also
not waste water.
With this, let us all
conserve water from now onwards to help the environment and to meet the
needs of the future.