It goes without saying that when the weather is hot and sunny our water supplies become somewhat depleted. However before we are forced to start saving water and change the way we take our water supplies for granted, wouldn’t it be a better idea to adopt these water saving changes now? Here are some top tips to adhere too – ok we don’t need to do them all of the time but if we all made some alterations it would make a massive difference. Why waste water? If we teach our children this from an early age they will grow up mindful to respect it.
Having a bath – quite simply take a shower instead, its uses a fraction of water that filling a bath does, treat a bath as a luxury.
Taking a shower – we are all guilty of letting the shower run for a few minutes before we stand under it, so why not put a bucket under the shower to collect this water? It can be used for flushing the toilet or watering the flowers and plants in our gardens.
Brushing our teeth – we all brush our teeth for a couple of minutes twice a day so turn the tap off until its time to rinse.
Washing our hands – when you count up how many times in a day we wash our hands we are using an awful lot of water, so after rinsing and before soaping turn the tap off until its time to rinse.
Flushing the toilet – I’m a stickler for this that the toilet should be flushed every time it’s been used. However if there is a shortage in the summer follow the “if its yellow let it mellow” rule. But if you use a bucket under the shower you can help save water by using it to flush the toilet.
Laundry – wait until you have a full load to wash before putting the washing machine on – a half load or less is wasting water.
Dish washers – treat the same as your washing machine only put on a wash when full.
Landscaping – if possible have a small lawn and use plants that thrive in drought conditions.
Paddling pools – if you want to fill a paddling pool do so, but cover it so it can be used for a few days.
Hose pipes – try as best you can to keep usage to a minimum.
Garden sprinklers – again use as a minimum
Rain water barrels – these are a super way to collect rain water to use around your garden.
Water plants in the morning – less water is needed as the temperature is cooler.
Washing your car – don’t wash your car yourself take it to the car wash as they recycle their water.
Wildlife – do top up bird baths and leave a bowl of water out for our animals, in the summer they need to be hydrated.
Spot a leak and fix it
A tap which is dripping is wasting water, fix all leaks ASAP and if you can’t do it get a plumber.
Look at your water bills if you notice a sharp rise then you may have a leak somewhere.
1 in 8 people around the world do not have access to clean drinking water.
Water comes out of the tap at a staggering 2.5 gallons per minute.
Buy a new shower head – old models can use 5 gallons of water per minute.
It is predicted that we will suffer from more droughts in the future due to climate change.
When you replace your dishwasher or washing machine look for the latest efficient models plus aerating taps and shower heads it makes massive water savings.
Unless you have been without water you don’t realise how much we depend on it, living in a hot country means often the water supply is less or we lose it for a day or two. Living in or near a holiday resort means a water shortage makes you more mindful and how precious water is to our every day daily life. It is our responsibility to appreciate what we have, we are lucky as we have fresh water to drink to quench our thirst, some third world countries are not so lucky.
In Turkey for example most villages have their own well which provides clean drinking water. Most complexes or developments have a well also and this is used to fill the communal swimming pools.
Lets start today by saving water wherever possible, it makes sense!