We can do something to save water every
How can we save water?
IN THE KITCHEN
Run your dishwashers and
washing machines only when they are full.
When washing dishes by
hand or a, don't let the water run freely to rinse. Fill up the
second side of your sink with rinse water.
Fill a pitcher of water
with drinking water in your refrigerator. Do not cool the tap water
by running it everytime you want a drink.
Wash your fruits in a
kitchen sink half filled with water (about 12 litres). If your
washing takes around 3 to 5 minutes, you'll save 33 to 48 litres of
IN THE GARDEN
Adjust any sprinklers so
only the lawn is being watered, not the house, sidewalk or street.
Don't water on windy days.
Water your lawn no more
than every third day. Water during the cool time of the day, in the
morning or evening.
Use the principles of
Xeriscaping -- plants that are native to your area and survive
under low water conditions. Effective landscaping can save up to 50
per cent of the water you use in your garden.
windbreakers can help in reducing the drying effect of the
Keep the size of your lawns to the minimum to save space,
money and water.
Sweep leaves out, instead of hosing them away.
Make sure that your sprinklers are adjusted so that all
the water is sprayed onto your lawn.
Don't irrigate gardens during winter.
IN THE BATHROOM
Check pipes and faucets
Turn off the tap while
brushing your teeth or shaving.
Replace your old
showerhead with a good quality high efficiency
Have toilets that only use
2 gallons (7.6 litres) or less per flush.
Take shorter showers.
Long, hot showers waste ten to twenty litres of water every
unneeded minute. Limit your showers to the time it takes to soap
up, wash down and rinse off.
use about 20litres of water per minute and water saving showerhead
(AAA rating), however, uses only about 7 litres per minute. A
normal sized bath holds 150 litres of water. This is the same
amount of water you would use in 7 minutes using a conventional
showerhead. If you have a AAA rated shower head a 17 minute shower
would use the same amount of water as an average bath.
A slow leak can result in
the loss of 22 litres a day!
If you brush your teeth
twice a day, for 3 minutes each time, and leave the tap running
while you're brushing, you'd use around 5 litres per minute. That's
10,950 litres per year, per person. If you use a glass of water
instead to rinse your mouth after brushing, you could save 9,100
litres per year, per person.
While washing a car, try
to use a bucket, instead of a hose. If you must use a hose, use one
with a nozzle that you can control. If you wash your car once a
fortnight and leave the hose running throughout, you'd use 1,000
litres of water per hour. That's 13,000 litres per year. You'll
save around 400 litres per wash.
Even better, wash your car
on the lawn and 'water' it at the same time:
- Park the
car on the lawn
- Give the
car a quick spray with the hose to loosen dirt and grit
- Turn off
the hose and wipe away the dirt a section at a time with a sponge
soaked in soapy water from a bucket
- Each time a
section has been completed, use a brief spray with the hose and
rinse away the loosened dirt and soap
- Wipe the
car dry with a clean cloth or chamois