10 Easy Water Saving Hacks You Never Knew
Water is essential. It is the most precious gift to the humanity by nature. It is possible for us to live here on Earth because of water. We drink water, bathe in water, cook in water and wash in water.
“Ensuring a reliable water supply for our cities into the future will require more energy due to increasing populations and the trend to develop new, more energy-intensive water sources like desalination plants, reuse, and more distance sources,” says CSIRO scientist and project leader Steven Kenway.
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Clean water is an important component of life, so we need to save water for the future safety.
According to Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), if all of the inefficient toilets in the country were replaced with WaterSense models, it would equal 640 billion gallons of water savings per year. That's the amount of water that flows over Niagara Falls in two weeks.
Turn off the tap when you brush your teeth – this can save 6 liters of water per minute. If you spend two minutes brushing your teeth, twice or three times a day, all that water can certainly add up quickly. Turn off the tap when cleaning your teeth, this may be obvious but will dramatically reduce your water use.
Place a cistern displacement device in your toilet cistern to lessen the volume of water used in each flush. New toilets are designed to use less water but older cisterns don’t have such a luxury. A water displacement device, also known as a hippo or save-a-flush, goes in your toilet cistern and reduces the water used each time you flush.
Take a shorter shower. A full bath takes up to 80 liters of water or more while a five-minute shower uses only 45 liters, so switching from baths to showers is an obvious way you can start to save water right now.
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Always use full loads in your washing machine and dishwasher – this cuts out unnecessary washes in between. An easy way to do this is to have a set time once or twice during the week when you’re going to put on a wash, that way every member of your household knows that they should wait until this time to get their clothes washed.
Fix a dripping tap. A dripping tap can waste 15 liters of water in a day, or 5,500 liters of water in a year. Fix dripping taps and make sure you know where your stopcock is in case of a water leak from a burst pipe. Leaky pipes are often a massive cause of wastage, and many aren’t aware that they are even affected by them.
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Install a water butt to your drainpipe and use the water collected to your plants, clean your car and wash your windows. Often homes will also make use of a rainwater collection tank, which are easy to install and can make for great savings.
Water your garden with a watering can rather than a hosepipe. A hosepipe uses 1,000 liters of water an hour. Mulching your plants (with bark chippings, heavy compost or straw) and watering in the early morning and late afternoon will reduce evaporation and also save water.
Fill a jug with tap water and place this in your fridge. Running tap water in order to cool it down is a big waste. It’s a good idea to store drinking water in a jug, bottle, or other filtering system. This way, it you’ll have cooler water without any of the waste.
Install a water meter. When you're paying your utility provider for exactly how much water you use, laid out in an itemized bill, there's an incentive to waste less of the stuff.
Don't overfill the kettle - only use as much water as you need when you're making tea or coffee, a good tip is to use a cup to measure how much water you need (if you’re making two cups of tea for example, just use two cups of water to fill the kettle).
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Water is a priceless gift from God that is needed for living on earth. We may feel a kind of insecurity due to lack of this natural resource in future. We still have time to save this prime necessity for the existence of life on earth, so that our future generation could easily make use of it.
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