Although water covers around 70% of the Earth’s surface only 1% of this water is available for our use and the average person uses around 378 liters of water a day. But this causes a significant stress on our nation’s water resources. The current statistics indicate our high use of water is growing rapidly while the water supply continues to be reduce at an unsustainable rate. The Earth has a massive challenge in meeting our water demand from the current and our increasing population.
- Check we don’t have a silent leaky toilet. (Check for toilet tank leaks by adding food coloring to the tank. If the toilet is leaking, color will appear in the toilet bowl within 30 minutes.)
- Check all the tapes in the house cos even small drips can waste a lot of water over time.
- Make sure we hand wash a large load of dishes instead of a few plates and cups at a time.
- Dont let the shower run until it gets warm and stop having baths.
- Take shorter showers (Shortening your showers even by just one or two minutes can save up to 567 liters of water per month!)
- Turn the tap off while we are cleaning our teeth.
- Only turn the washing on when there is a full load.
- Use a wash basin to rinse fruits and vegetables instead of running the tap.
- Collect waste water to water outdoor plants with.
- Water grass at night or early morning to avoid evaporation
- Adjust our lawn mower to a higher setting, as taller lawn shades roots and holds soil moisture better than if it is closely clipped.
- Wash our car with water from a bucket rather than using the hose pipe.
- Collect rainwater to water the lawn and plants with.
- Clean our driveway and paths by sweeping instead of using the hose pipe.
Is there anything you can do in your home to help reduce the amount of water you use or any ways you can be more resourceful with your water usage?