Be water wise in the home
The world is experiencing drastic climate change and it's a fact that we can't reverse the damage already done. But we can prevent even more damage if we all work together to change our habits. Water conservation is particularly important in regions where rainfall has been reduced as a result of climate change. Here's how you can do your bit towards saving water.
We have all seen the effects of extreme weather caused by global warming – prolonged droughts, wildfires, flooding, and severe storms. These weather changes are becoming a reality.
Did you know that the human body only requires five litres of water a day for survival. That's approximately half the amount of water the average toilet uses per flush. Now that's water down the drain.
...In the Bathroom
- Reduce your shower by one minute.
- Replace an older toilet with a dual-flush model, which uses far less water.
- Repair any drips or leaks immediately.
- Fill up a glass when brushing your teeth instead of running the water.
...In the Kitchen
- Put water-saving aerators on all of your faucets.
- When possible, replace an older dishwasher and washing machine with a newer water-efficient model. Or cut down on the rinse cycle on an older model.
- Cut down washing to run only with full loads.
- Insulate hot water pipes to reduce the time it takes to get hot water at the tap.
- Add a quarter cup of vinegar to soiled pots and pans instead of soaking with water. It makes cleaning far easier.
- Use a sink for washing and one for rinsing, or have a plastic bucket for rinsing.
- Wash fruits and vegetables in a pan of water instead of under the tap.
- Re-use the nutrient-rich water left over from cooked or steamed foods to start soups.
...In the Home
- Empty water from glasses into house plants.
- When flowers have passed, pour vase water onto garden beds.
- Use rain tanks to collect rainwater from downspouts for watering the garden.
- Wash your car on the lawn, and you'll be watering your lawn at the same time. Or use a high-pressure spray, as these use far less water.
- Use a broom instead of a hose to clean your driveway and sidewalk.
- Apply mulch around plants and shrubs to retain moisture.
- Consider hardscaping to reduce the amount of lawn in your garden.
As the world's population increases, even greater strain is put onto our already limited resources. Whether you live in a house, townhouse or flat, developing good habits can help conserve the clean water supply we all depend on for the future.