Monday, March 26, 2012
Some Quick Tips to Save Water: Be Water Smart not Water Short
You do not need an environmental crusader to tell you the importance of water and the dramatic shrinking of drinking water level. At an average, a person uses between 75-100 gallons of water per day, including showers, laundry, lawn watering, toilet flushing, dishes, etc. We all know that only 3 percent of the earths’ wealth of water is fresh water. And according to studies, freshwater available on this earth will decrease by 33 percent in the next 50 years as population will explode in the coming years. So, use water thinking that you have earned it. Moreover, conserving water not only saves this precious resource, but also saves your water bill and energy that is used to deliver and treat the water you use every day, and also helps the human health and environment. Remember,whatever may be the occupation, water preservation is every one's obligation. So, be a part of the solution, not the problem. Here are some quick tips to conserve water.
1. Fix the leaks, save water: Leaked taps, pipes and joints are water wasters in home or anywhere else. Sometimes these leaks or faults can be fixed easily by replacing old washers, faulty faucets or by putting water-resistant adhesive on the leaks.
2. Turn towards responsibilities, turn off the taps: Most of us leave the faucets open and water keeps running through it without being used. So, turn off the faucets while washing your hands, brushing your teeth, shaving, etc., when you do not need the water.
3. Wash only on full loads, conserve water, conserve energy: Whether you are using dishwasher or washing machine always use them when they are fully loaded so that water can be optimally used. And if you have to use at partial load then adjust the water level according to the load.
4. Turn off the shower while soaping: A four or five minute shower drains 20 to 35 gallons water approximately. So you can save a huge amount of water by turning off the shower while soaping and turn it on again while rinsing.
5. Use a hippo or save-a-flush in the cistern: Use a hippo or save-a-flush in the cistern to reduce the amount of water your toilet tank uses per flush. Generally, old toilet cistern uses approximately 9 liters of clean water per flush and by placing a hippo or save-a-flush in it you can save up to 2.5 liters of water per flush, which amounts to about 10000 liters per year. And these are often provided free of cost by local water companies.
6. Use water efficient appliances: The amount of water consumed by appliances like washing machines, dishwashers, shower heads, etc. varies considerably. The technology is developing day by day for the efficiency of appliances. So buy new appliances which are more water and energy efficient like washing machines having a European Union (EU) energy label A, B or C. Appliances having rating A are most efficient while G are worst.
7. Install low-flow shower heads, taps, faucets, and toilets: Replace existing fast flow and old shower heads, taps, toilets, and faucets by installing the low flow products available in the market. Using low flow apparatus, you can bring down the flow to 1.5 gallons per minute which is very significant in conserving water as compared to old and fast flow products which flushes the water at a rate of 4 to 7 gallons per minute.
8. Clean the vegetables in static water, think outside the sink: Do not wash the vegetables in running water, rather rinse them by soaking in a pan of water. This water can be lately used in gardening and it also encourages recycling of water.
9. Insulate the water pipes, save water, save energy: Get hot water faster and avoid wasting water while it heats up and consequently save your energy bill by insulating the water pipes, specially those which are used to carry hot water. Insulated water pipes will confine heat to themselves even when they are not in use.
10. Operate the hose according to necessity: Immediately close down the hose, when it is no longer necessary to water the lawn or wash the car. And remember, use hose at a slow rate of flowing water. A hose with half inch diameter can drain approximately 600 gallons of water under normal water pressure per hour. So use the hose wisely.