Extreme water shortages are predicted in the next 25 years. As a result of climate change and an ever-expanding population, we’re being asked to reduce our water usage. Ideally, we need to bring our water use of 150 litres a day down to 100 litres a day.
We can all achieve this target by practising water conservation.
Water Conservation involves being mindful of the water we use and making sure we use water in the most efficient way possible.
Water Conservation is easy and inexpensive, and if you’re on a water meter, it’ll save you money.
Here’s what you can do
Check For Leaks
Thousands of litres of water are wasted in the UK every day due to household leaks. Dripping taps and leaky toilet cisterns are the worst offenders. Make sure all your plumbing in your home is 100% watertight. Check any fitting or appliance that uses water. Replace taps, toilets, pipes, seals and components where necessary. Check your outdoor water supply also external taps, hoses etc.
Install A Modern Toilet
Modern toilet components are more efficient and use less water on the flush than older toilets up to (3/4 less in some instances) If you have an old toilet replace the toilet or the fill and flush valve inside. If this isn’t possible you can put a brick in the cistern, so it uses less water (always wrap a brick in a plastic bag otherwise particles from the brick can break down and damage your toilet).
When Brushing Your Teeth Turn Off The Tap
Leaving the tap running while you clean your teeth unnecessarily wastes lots of water. Turn the tap off and teach all your family members to do the same.
Take Showers Not Baths
A bath uses approximately 180 litres of water. A 5-minute shower using a modern water-saving showerhead uses 40 litres of water. A huge saving.
Use Washing Machines Correctly
Fully load your washing machine and use on the shortest cycles you can. Your instruction manual will guide you with all the possible settings. Learn these settings and establish which ones use the least amount of water. Always buy the highest energy efficiency rated washing machine you can afford.
Buy A Dishwasher
Believe it or not, dishwashers use less water than hand washing. Again buy the highest energy efficiency rated dishwasher your budget will allow. Learn the settings from the manual and use the most energy-efficient water-friendly ones.
Rainwater Harvesting allows you to collect rainwater that can be used for toilets, washing machines, washing the car and watering the garden. You can start with a simple water butt or invest in a Household Rainwater Recycling System.
Ban The Hose Use The Watering Can
Use a watering can instead of a hose to rinse your car or water, the plants and save lots of water. If you must use a hose, use a trigger to control the flow and turn off when not in use.