Although it may not always seem like it in the UK, water is a really precious resource, especially fresh drinking water which are lucky enough to always have access to. With temperatures warming we need to be conscious of how we use water and make sure we are not wasting any. I've complied twenty tips to avoid wasting water which cover a wide range of areas, and some you may not have thought of.
Ways to save water:
- Turn off the tap when brushing your teeth.
- Only fill the kettle with the amount of water you need to boil. This saves energy as well as water!
- If you have a dishwasher, use it as it uses less water than washing up with running water.
- If you don’t have a dishwasher, make sure you fill the sink instead of letting the tap run continually.
- Use “dirty” washing up water to water plants.
- If your shower needs time to warm up, put a bucket under the flow of water to collect that water which you can use to water plants or flush your toilet etc.
- Cut your showers shorter, or shower instead of taking a bath.
- Get a water meter - linking your water usage to your wallet will help you cut down on any waste.
- Make sure you don’t have any leaking pipes as this can be a big waste of water.
- Fix dripping taps - and until you can get them fixed, put a jug underneath and use the water to fill your kettle.
- Make sure all your appliances are water smart; like efficient shower heads and tap aerators.
- Fill up your toilet tank - Putting a brick or a full bottle of water in the tank means that each flush of the toilet uses less water.
- Only flush the toilet when you need to…
- Think about filling your garden with plants that won’t need much water, the summers are getting hotter and that pristine green lawn may be hard to maintain.
- Use a rain barrel to collect water from your drain pipes if you’re allowed to install one.
- Make sure your washing machine is full before running it to save water and electricity
- Use less electricity - it sounds odd but power plants use lots of water for cooling, so using less electricity has two benefits.
- Buy second hand - also sound weird but making any new product usually needs water, where as buying products that already exist doesn’t. The benefits keep adding up for your wallet too!
- Eat less animal products. It's not just humans that require fresh water, animals do too. So reducing the amount of meat and animal products you consume means your diet requires less fresh water to produce.
- Reduce food waste as when food is wasted then all the water used to grow it is wasted too - and you need to use more water to grow more produce.
As you can see there are many ways we can save water, starting from very simple to a bit more tricky. Because of this, there is always more work that every single one of us can do to save water. We all need to do our part to ensure that we're not wasting this precious resource, as there will come a time if we're not careful when water is in such short supply that we won't have a choice in cutting down our usage.