Water



Water Saving Tips


In the Bathroom:

  • Shorter showers - Cutting your shower by 1 minutes can save 10 litres of water (3000 litres each month).
  • Save while brushing - Turn off the water while brushing your teeth or shaving.  Before brushing, wet your brush, and fill a glass to rinse your mouth.
  • Make every flush count - The toilet is the biggest water user in the house.
  • Take showers instead of baths - A bathtub can hold up to 200 litres of water. A typical shower uses less than 75 litres.
  • Make plants happy - When running the sink or shower for hot water, collect the water that runs before it gets hot to reuse for watering plants.

In the Kitchen:

  • Keep drinking water in the fridge - Keep a container of drinking water in the refrigerator.  Running the tap to cool water for drinking loses 12 litres per minute.
  • Save while cleaning - Don't let the faucet run while cleaning vegetables.  Instead, rinse them in a sink or bowl filled with clean water.  Savings --> 12 litres per minute.
  • Use all the dishes - Wait until you have a full load before using your automatic dishwasher.

Outside:

  • Sweep instead - Don't hose down your sidewalk, patio or driveway.  Use a rake or broom for cleaning and save hundreds of litres of water.
  • Drive dirty - Washing the car uses 500 litres of water!  Turn off the hose while you swab the car.  Consider using products for washing your car that require no water at all.
  • Encourage deep roots - If you do water trees, this should be done slowly, deeply and infrequently.  This encourages deep roots, making your tree healthier and helps to save water.
  • Plant drought-resistant trees and plants - Many native plants can survive on rainwater alone.  Ask at your local garden centre for information on xeriscaping - or look out for the plants with the low water use sticker.
  • If you must water, water early - You could be saving 65% more water.  Water your lawn early in the morning or at night to minimize evaporation losses.  It also achieves greater soil saturation and provides better absorption of the water.  Consider using a timer.
  • Sprinklers are water inefficient - Install drip irrigation wherever possible or use a root irrigator for deep watering.  This brings water down to the roots where the plant needs it.
  • Rain barrels - Use rain barrels for water storage to water gardens.

Elsewhere:

  • Full loads - Wash full loads of laundry to save water, energy and time.  Research shows that many people under-fill their clothes washer by 30%.

Repair:

  • Be a leak detector - Check taps, pipes and toilets for leaks.  If you find a leak, fix it immediately.  Leaks can waste 14% of all the water we use in our home. 

    A good way to check toilets for leaks is to put a little food colouring in the tank.  If the colouring appears in the bowl without flushing, then some repairs are needed.  If you can hear a toilet "running" all the time, it can lead to a very costly water bill!
  • Report leaks in fire hydrants - Report leaks in hydrants, plumbing, or other public facilities so they can be repaired.

Retrofit/Replace:

  • The Toilet - Adapt your toilet by installing one of the many water-saving devices now on the market.  Alternatively, replace your old toilet (up to 22 litres per flush) with a low-volume toilet (6 litres per flush).  

    This report shows testing of models not only for efficiency, but for how good they do what they are supposed to.  (so there are toilet scientists...)

  • Showerheads & Faucets - Standard showerheads have flow rates up to 20 litres per minute, while a low-flow showerhead can reduce water flow by half.
    Low-flow aerators in faucets can also reduce the flow-rate dramatically.
  • Appliances - Did you know that Energy Star® dishwashers typically use less water than washing dishes by hand?  And they save on energy too.  Efficient washing machines are also gentler on clothes, require less detergent, rinse more thoroughly, and shorten drying time by spinning out more water.

 

 

 

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