Water is no more a resource that can be taken for granted. The increase in global warming and the rise in the rate of evaporation have lead to a great reduction in the availability of fresh water.This scarcity of water had taken a toll on the agricultural field and as well as the daily water requirement for animals and birds to quench their thirst. It is high time we take actions and try to conserve water as much as possible, if we do not want our future generations to die out of hunger and as well as, due to lack of fresh water. Every drop of water should be conserved and spent with great care, because we are well aware of the notion as ‘many drops make an ocean’!
Here are 10 tips to save water in your own home while doing some of your chores and other domestic activities in the most efficient way.
10. Close the taps when not in use
The biggest and the most common blunder that almost everyone makes is leaving the taps open especially in full flow even when its not needed. This happens almost everyday and contributes to a huge extent in wastage of water. Close the taps when you are brushing your teeth or washing your hair or hands while you rinse or lather. The water need not be wasted unnecessarily when you are busy doing some other task. Make sure you close the taps tightly after use.
9. Pool Issues
Swimming pool is another source where water gets wasted immensely. Cover your pool to reduce evaporation and do not over use chemicals in the water. Do not fill your pools till the brim or overfill them in order to prevent any sort of wastage. Try joining a community swimming pool instead of owning a private one. It reduces the usage of water to a great extent. Avoid sprays and waterfalls in the pool as water gets evaporated more easily in such systems. Make sure your fountains and swimming pools are equipped with water re-circulation pumps. In case of an automatic refill system, check for leakages periodically.
8. Dual Purposes
Some activities can be done so as to serve dual purposes and conserve water at the same time. You can wash your car and your pets in the garden, lawn or in a place where water needs to be poured or sprinkled. You can collect the water that is allowed to flow down while it gets heated up and use it for other purposes. In such a way, you do two tasks at the same time with half the amount of water that is actually necessary for doing them individually.
7. Recreation & others
Everybody loves water recreation and also to play in water. Avoid games and toys that use excess or constant flow of water. While playing, do not refill the pool. It will save a lot of water from getting wasted. Do not throw the ice cube in a sink instead keep it in a basin and use the water later. Avoid unnecessary decorative fountains and waterfalls and go green instead.
6. Bathroom – Shower
Many have the habit of taking bath for over an hour and this regular bad habit leads to the wastage of several thousand gallons of water. Try to fix the time for your bath. Limit it to a maximum of five minutes and you can have the luxury to take an hour for your bathing time just a day in a week or so. Try using the shower instead of actual bath as filling the bath tub and you can save up to thousand gallons. In case of toilets; buy dual flush which makes use of half flush and full flush for fluid and solid wastes respectively. Fix water saving aerators for the faucets and do not flush the tissues every time. Instead throw them in the trash bin.
Washing machines and dish washers can be used in such a way with appropriate load so as to provide minimal water usage. Use your washing machine with full load or use the necessary amount of water depending on the number of clothes to be washed. Also, use the dish washers too only when filled with full load as they are more water efficient in such cases. Use an instant water heater so that you need not waste the water until it gets heated up. Try buying water saving machines and gadgets wherever possible. In case of fully automatic systems; check for greater water efficiency with water sense label sealed on the machines and gadgets.
4. Gardens & Lawns
Everybody loves to maintain a good garden and a lawn and the most important factor that comes into picture is watering. To water your lawns and plants, make use of a water sprinkler instead of a hose pipe. This prevents wastage as well as over watering of your garden. Remove weeds periodically as weeds take up most of the water from the soil and leaves very less for the healthy growth of your plants. They actually invade the garden space and the life of your plants! Limit the use of fertilizers, pesticides and other chemicals. Make a compost pit in your garden and dump all the organic and bio-degradable wastes in it. This improves the ability of the soil to hold water for longer duration and also prevents the land from getting dried due to evaporation to a great extent.
Reduce the amount of water used as well as wasted by using some simple and efficient tips for your regular activities, like wash the vegetables or your razor in a bowl of water. While washing the dishes rinse those in a basin of water instead of letting the water run. Fix one glass for drinking water to prevent the number of glasses to be washed and store the drinking water in a jug. Also take into account the number of clothes you put for wash. Dry clean them if necessary.
Reuse the water wherever possible. It is one of the best practices to conserve water. Use the water that you used to wash the vegetables and fruits to wash other materials. Pour the water from you pool to salt resistant plants. Water the non-edible plants with the water that is cleared from the fish tanks. If you have ice cubes left in your drink, do not throw them. Pour them in your lawn or garden.
1. Be a Water Leakage Detective
A large amount of water is wasted only through tiny leaks and holes in the pipes, taps and hoses. Search and find out such leakages and block them as early as possible. Replace old and leaky taps with new ones. An unusual increase in your water bills is one of the best indicators of practical leakage in your watering system. Call an expert to solve such issues and get rid of unnecessary wastage of water immediately by periodical inspection and services.