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8 Ways to Save Water on World Water Day

 

Today, Friday 22nd March is World Water Day. This day has been set aside to focus attention on the importance of freshwater and advocating for the sustainable management of freshwater resources. The theme for 2019 is 'Leaving No One Behind'. Get on board with these great water saving tips which can easily be done at home.

 

1. Save up your dirty clothes

Washing a full machine load of clothes uses less water and energy than 2 half-loads. This means lower bills as well.

 

2. Shower or bath?

A bath uses up to 70 gallons of water; a five-minute shower uses 10 to 25 gallons. If you must take a bath, don’t let the good water go to waste. You could use that water to flush the toilet or water plants. 

 

3. Shorten your showers

Use a kitchen timer to time your showers. Aim for five minutes or less.

 

4. Capture rainwater

Find ways to save and store rainwater for use in the garden. Remember to cover your barrels to keep mosquitoes at bay.

 

5. Don’t wash dishes under running water

Instead, fill one sink or large bowl with hot, soapy water for washing, and the other with cool, clear water for rinsing. This will save 50% of the water you would use when washing under a running tap. 

 

6. Be plumbing prepared

Regularly check your kitchen pipes and the dishwasher hose for slow leaks. A running toilet can waste up to 200 gallons of water each day. At one drip per second, a faucet can leak 3,000 gallons in a year. 

 

7. Time your gardening

Water outdoor plants in the early morning or at the end of the day to stop water immediately evaporating in sunlight and heat. 

 

8. Skip the hose

You can also cut water use by 33% by watering plants manually instead of using a hose or automatic sprinklers.