Water-saving tips

SAVING TIPS

Water, a scarce resource
 

If we are to guarantee the future water supply, we need to constantly try and save this natural resource, especially given our geographical situation.

 

Water-saving tips:
 
  • In the home

    • Installing aerators on kitchen and bathroom taps can save up to 50% water with each use.
    • Did you know that a single tap can drip over 90 litres a week? Make sure you turn them off properly after using them.
    • Adjust the float level in the toilet cistern to save up to two litres of water each time you use the flush.
    • Check the toilet cistern by adding food colouring to the tank. If the colour appears in the bowl after half an hour, this means you have a leak.
    • Avoid flushing more than necessary. A tissue, insect or nut shell is not a good enough reason for flushing a tank that contains 10/12 litres. Use the organic waste bin.
    • Do not throw olives, paint, cigarette butts, plastic or sanitary towels in the toilet, as they are pollutants, which are difficult to eliminate, and can block pipes and affect how well treatment plants work.
    • If you are going to buy a domestic appliance, look for ‘eco-friendly’ specifications, as this will help you save on electricity as well as water
    • Do not use the washing machine or dishwasher when it is only half full. Each half load uses 95 litres while a full load uses less than two half loads.
    • When doing the washing up, fill the sink to soap the dirty dishes; when rinsing, adjust the tap pressure to the amount you really need and rinse all the dishes together.
    • Fill a bowl to wash fruit. If you wash it under the tap you’ll use twice as much water. Afterwards, you can use the water in the bowl to water plants.
  • Personal hygiene

    • Take a daily 5-minute shower instead of a bath and save up to 400 litres a week.
    • Installing a low-flow shower head or aerator can save up to 50% on water.
    • Don’t leave the tap on while shaving or brushing your teeth. Brushing your teeth three times a day with the tap on uses over 10,000 litres a year.
  • In the garden

    • Use local plants that are more resistant, use less water and just as attractive.
    • Water plants early in the morning or in the evening to avoid water evaporating, thus reducing water requirements.
    • Don’t water the garden too much. Once every 4 or 5 days in summer and once every 15 days in winter is enough.
    • Use an automatic irrigation system, as you can set the frequency and time to suit the needs of your plants.
    • In general, if you pour away clean water, use it to water plants or gardens instead of pouring it onto a hard surface.
  • Other uses

    • Try and wash your car in an automatic car-wash, as they are designed to use water efficiently.
    • Be active in saving water by giving advice to others when you see them using it inappropriately.
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