“Water is life’s mater and matrix, mother and medium. There is no life without water.”
The cost of water is getting more and more expensive. The water rates that your Town or City Council are charging are becoming a major expense. Water is no longer cheap and expendable, we need to conserve every drop. Be frugal with the water and you will be surprised how much money you will save.
We should all be very thankful for the clean water that we get by just turning a tap. “Each year between two and ﬁve million people worldwide die from lack of safe water and sanitation,” said David Douglas President of Water Advocates.
Today we often take the use of water for granted, but if we are wasteful or not mindful of how we use it, it can become rather expensive. If you had to rely on the rain for water you would learn very quickly not to waste it.
Here are some of the suggestions for saving water:
1. Have a short shower. Keep you shower between 5-10 minutes. That is plenty of time to cleanse and shampoo, etc. If possible, wash your hair only twice a week, as it is better for your hair, although shampoo companies would argue that fact. Use only a small amount of shampoo, a teaspoon size. The same goes for the conditioner. If you shorten your once per day shower by 2 minutes, you will save 150 to 300 gallons of water per month, depending on the ﬂow of your shower-head.
2. Install low-ﬂow shower heads and faucet aerator. efficient shower heads can cut water use by 50% compared to conventional ﬁxtures.
If your bathroom was designed before 1992, your shower heads probably put out 5 gallons of water a minute (GPM). Multiply this by the number of minutes you’re in the shower and you can calculate you water usage. After 1992, shower heads were required to put out no more than 2.5 gallons of water per minute. You can even ﬁnd adjustable shower heads that put out as little as 1 gallon of water per minute.
The average person uses a shower for 10 minutes per day, so switching to a low ﬂow shower head (2.5 GPM from a 5 GPM) can save a family of four over 36,000 gallons of water per year.
3. Save water… shower with a friend, but make it a quick one.
4. Do not ﬁll your electric kettle with hot water thinking that you would be saving power. It cost more to heat the hot water system than it does to boil the electric kettle filled with cold water.
Only put enough water in the electric kettle that you intend to use.
6. Depending on the size of your family, have only one day a week as your clothes-washing day.
7. If you go to the gym or there are shower facilities at your work, shower there, as it will save you water and power. The gym is likely to have hair dryers as well.
8. If it rains, turn off your automatic garden sprinkler system. This will reduce the water bill. Also, make sure that the sprinklers are not watering the foot path, the house, or driveway. Watering areas that don’t need to be watered is wasteful.
9. If it is still raining and you are at home, leave a couple of buckets out to ﬁll with water. Use the water for pot plants that are not situated in the rain.
10. Instead of buying bottles of water, which is an expensive way to have drinking water, get a tap ﬁlter or a ﬁlter water jug to ﬁlter tap water. They are excellent options and do a great job. They produce great drinking water which is excellent for cooking, coffee, tea, etc.
11. If you like to drink your water cold, keep a pitcher of water in the fridge so that you are not continually going to the tap for water. This way you don’t lose excess water down the drain while you’re running it to get cooler water.
12. Turn off the tap while brushing your teeth. Letting the water run while brushing your teeth wastes approximately 3 gallons per day.
13. That goes for shaving too. Shut the water off while shaving or switch to an electric shaver—zero water use required.
14. When you are washing the dishes by hand, don’t allow the water to run while rinsing. Fill the other sink with the rinsing water.
15. When your fridge gets full of ice cubes, like mine always does, empty the container in the garden or around the houseplants. It’s a good way to water.
16. When you are washing dirty pots or pans, soak them rather than clean them under running water.
17. Put ground covering plants or small shrubs on steep slopes to hold any water that may leach down the hill.
18. Composting will save a lot of water as well. When you compost around plants it keeps the water in the ground and dehydration is not a problem. Also it keeps the weeds away that will also suck up the water.
19. Keep an eye on the amount of water you’re being charged for on your water bill. This will give you an indication if there is a leak in your system.
20. Wash produce in a bowl rather than under running water.