Use Water Wisely
Below are some handy tips on how you can use water wisely. You may not find all of these water-saving tips valuable, but some will be worthwhile. You may already be doing many of these things as part of your daily routine.
In the bathroom, in the kitchen, in the garden and in general... There are lots of ways to make wise water choices.
In the Bathroom
- DO take short showers rather than a bath; this saves around 68 litres per shower
- DO place a full bottle or 'save a flush' device into your toilet tank to reduce flow
- DON’T flush unnecessarily; using the toilet as a bin can waste up to 54 litres of water a day
- DON’T let water run whilst brushing your teeth. This can waste 9 litres a minute
In the Kitchen
- DO use a dishwasher if you have one but make sure you only run it when full; this actually uses less water than hand washing for the same amount of dishes if you run the tap continuously, but do not pre-wash
- DO make sure you only run your washing machine when full and better yet; use the shortest cycle available
- DON’T run water to make it cold for drinking; fill a bottle and refrigerate for cool drinking water throughout the day
- DO use only enough water to cover food when cooking and use a bowl when washing and preparing fruit or vegetables which can save up to 23 litres a day
- DON’T use kitchen waste disposal units as they involve running significant amounts of water
In the Garden
- A lawn can go up to 6 weeks, sometimes longer depending on the type, without watering and will enter a dormant stage to conserve water and survive the dry period.
- Use a water butt or containers to collect rainwater for use in the garden
- use a watering can instead of a hosepipe. Hosepipes use around 1,000 litres of water per hour!
- You could consider installing a grey water system. Grey water is the relatively clean water from sinks, baths, washing machines and other kitchen appliances and even water from dehumidifiers. Essentially it is anything but waste water from toilets. Although it may look ‘dirty’ it is a safe and even beneficial source of irrigation water for your garden or (non-food) plants.
- DO repair leaky taps inside and outside of the home; a dripping tap can waste up to 4000 litres a year so well worth repairing.
- DON’T wash cars or windows even with buckets if you can avoid it, every little helps and it takes on average 3 buckets holding about 10 litres to wash a car.