Without water, we would cease to exist – it is as simple as that. But why do people do not use it sparingly? Whether it is knowingly or unconsciously, water wastage or abuse is prevalent on a global scale. Water is a precious life-force and should be treated as such. Follow these useful tips to save water (as well as money) and do your bit for the environment.
Regularly inspect your showerheads and pipes for leaks. A smaller drip could potentially waste about 20 gallons on a daily basis.
For those of you who take a bath, do not fill the tub to the top since taking a bath can use between 80 and 150 litres of water per bath.
Resist the urge to use your toilet as a trash can. So refrain from throwing cigarette buds, tissues etc. into it. Every time you flush your chain, you use 12 litres of water.
If you are washing your car, opt to use a bucket instead of a hose if possible because a garden hose could use as much as 30 litres of water per minute.
Only open the tap when needed as you shave, brush your teeth and so on. Do not leave the tap to run unnecessarily.
Ensure that your pool is covered when you are not using it – this will lessen the rate of evaporation.
By Insulating hot water pipes in your home, the water will heat up faster and you will not waste too much water when waiting for water to get hot.
Your plants should be always watered during early morning or late evening to limit water loss from evaporation. Between 10am and 3pm, up to 90% of water can be lost due to evaporation.
Rainwater should be collected for various purposes (where applicable).
You should only wash full loads in your washing machine and dishwasher. This will eliminate the need for unnecessary washes in between.
This article was adapted for Smart Money and was taken from: https://money101.co.za/ten-tips-save-water/