Oceans cover about 71% of the Earth’s surface so sometimes it’s hard to understand why it’s so important to conserve water, but 97% of that water isn’t suitable for drinking and 2% is locked in ice caps and glaciers so not available to drink. So, water really is limited and with a growing population and consumerism, we need to use our supply wisely because ultimately, without water, we will not survive.
If we all made changes to our lifestyles that will help us conserve and protect water, we will be making a huge difference.
There are simples lifestyle changes you and your family can do right now, with minimal effort. These changes can become habit and by changing our habits conservation becomes the norm.
- Turn off the tap while brushing your teeth and washing your hands. Don’t waste what you’re not using. Turn that tap off between brushing and rinsing. You will save around 8 – 12 litres per minute doing this!
- Flush less and with less. If it’s yellow, let it mellow. Not flushing every time will not cause problems in your loo. And if you think that every flush is 6 – 12 litres of water, and most people use the loo about 6 times a day. Times that by a household of four and that could be 288 litres of water! Of course, if it’s brown, you flush it down, but even so, assuming everyone poops once a day, that’s still saving over 200 litres of water a day!
- Short showers are the way to go. Cut your showers short. 6 – 12 litres per minute are used in a normal shower, in a power shower that could be up to 13-22 mitres per minute! So keep those showers short, and if you can, skip the shower every now and again. You can keep perfectly clean and hygienic using a basin full of water. Remember to use a bucket to catch that cold water before the shower gets warm, then reuse it!
- Only use the dishwasher or washing machine until it’s full. Those half-loads add up so much water, especially a washing machine that uses between 60-80 litres a load!
- Install a rain barrel. Rain is perfect for keeping plants hydrated without going anywhere near the hose or sprinkler. Collect the water and then use as needed. Only ever water your plants very early in the morning or later in the day – this keeps them hydrated for longer.
- Reuse cooking water. We reuse our veg water for gravy, and everything else is cooled and then used to water the plants. Super-easy win.
- Monitor what you’re using. Keep track of what you’re using each week and then try to reduce the amount! (Sign up to our Conscious Living Challenge to find out how)
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