About 70% of the planet is covered in water, but many people across the world don't have access to clean drinking water. Clean drinking water is a privilege and we need to conserve it and take care when using it.
Our ecosystem is fragile and every bit helps. Remember that if everyone pulls together we can all make a difference.
Here are some tips for saving water at home:
- Check your taps for leaking, if they are leaking water, replace the washers.
- Installing an aerated shower head gives you the impression that you are using the same amount of water, but it saves 60% of your shower water bill.
- If you are using a dishwasher or washing machine, wait until you have a full load. Half a load will mean that you will have to wash again, using the same amount of water.
- We tend to run the tap and waste water when washing the dishes. Save water by filling the sink with water. You can save up to 75% of water that would have been wasted every time you wash the dishes.
- Don't run the tap when brushing your teeth. You only need a small amount of water to wet the toothbrush and rinse your mouth.
- Filling the basin with water when shaving can save you a considerable amount of water every time you shave.
- Install a tank to store rainwater from your shower, bath and gutters.
- Use your bath and shower water for watering your garden. You can have a permanent diverter installed that can either run into your garden or into a tank.
- Catch rainwater from your gutters and divert it to a tank.
- Consider planting plants in your garden that require less watering. Speak to an expert at your local nursery for advice.
- You can replace grass with a deck or pebbles, to decrease the amount of water you need to use in your garden on grass and plants.
- Water the lawn only once a week, preferably in the early morning.
- Use a sponge and a bucket when washing your car; it gives you about an 80% saving compared to using a hosepipe.
These water saving tips might seem insignificant and you might wonder what difference it will make in the world.
Rest assured that if everybody saves as much water as they can, we can help others live in a society where they will have clean drinking water and we will help protect our environment for our children.