Hard-Hitting Facts: Do Not Ignore
• Every 40 seconds a child dies from water-related diseases.
• 700,000 children die every year from diarrhoea: a consequence of having unsafe water and poor sanitation.
• 2.7 million die EVERY YEAR from lack of sanitation.
• Approximately 768 million people don’t have access to clean water.
With water being such a precious commodity, and the average household using 150 litres per day, we really should be doing our bit to cut back on the amount we waste.
Now Let’s Start Saving Water:
1. Switch That Tap Off!
The average tap uses 6 litres of water per minute, so don’t be tempted to leave it running whilst brushing your teeth.
Brushing your teeth for 2 minutes, twice a day, will waste approximately 24 litres– That’s 8,760 litres per year!
2. Fix That Leaking Tap!
Don’t be scared of a simple DIY task, like mending a leaky tap: this will only take a few minutes.
According to the BMA (Bathroom Manufacturers Association), a leaky tap will waste 90 litres of water per week – That’s 4,680 litres per year!
Now ditch that irrational fear and start fixing.
3. Invest in Aerated Taps & Shower Heads.
Taps or showerheads with an in-built aerated process contain a filter which mixes air with water. This effectively reduces the output by creating larger water droplets without compromising on pressure.
This can prove particularly effective, reducing output in some cases by up to 75%.
4. Upgrade Your Old Toilet.
If you are still living in the dark ages, with a single-flush toilet, then now’s the time to step into the 21st century by installing a dual flush toilet.
With a dual flush toilet you gain control over the amount of water you use as there are two types of flushes: one which empties the cistern only halfway (perfect for liquid waste) and one which will completely empty it (ideal for solid waste).
Considering a family of four will flush 14 times a day, this is a really easy way to reduce water usage.
5. Forget Your Bath, He’s A Wasteful Friend.
With a bath using 40% more water than a shower, how can you justify using them on a daily basis? Rather than turning your back on the bath completely, install a shower over your bath. Then you can shower daily and treat yourself to a long soak every Sunday.
6. Don’t Flush, Bin.
With 25% of all water used in bathrooms coming from toilets, never be tempted to dispose of tissues or creepy crawlies by flushing them down the toilet – That’s just unnecessary.
7. Watch the Clock: Time that Shower.
Chances are you probably spend longer in the shower than required, so try and reduce this.
If the thought of staring at a clock whilst showering sounds like an OCD nightmare, put your favourite CD on and count how many songs you get through; on your next shower, simply reduce the number of songs by 1.
8. Must you always flush?
Although it sounds disgusting, and rather tight-fisted, do you really need to flush the toilet after every use?
Try and live by the motto: “If It’s yellow, let it mellow. If it’s brown, flush it down.” Cameron Diaz reportedly advocates this so maybe it isn’t as gross as it first seems. The key here is to make sure the yellow doesn’t begin to fester: feel free to flush at that point; even Ms. Diaz wouldn’t hold that against you.
9. Remember: Re-Use Water Where Possible.
As you wait for your shower to reach the required temperature, place a bucket under the showerhead to collect the water. You will then be able to use this to water the plants or wash the car.
10. Take Advantage Of Free Water:
Rather than using tap water for your plants, simply connect a water butt to your drainpipe and collect the water.
Re-using rain water won’t cost anything and is great for the environment, making this last tip a bit of a hard one to ignore.
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