5 THINGS…TO HELP YOU SAVE WATER
WHY SAVE WATER?
Well, I guess the obvious answer is that we need a supply of fresh clean water to drink, otherwise, not to be too blunt about it, we'll die. We also need it to irrigate our crops, and for our livestock - it really is the planet's lifeblood.
Here in the UK and the rest of the Western world it can be really easy to take that fresh clean water for granted - it's there, at the turn of a tap whenever we need it. But this isn't the case in other parts of the world, and might not actually be something that even us privileged Westerners can take for granted in the future.
Demand for clean water is growing with the increase in our global population, at exactly the same time as our reserves are starting to dwindle. Many of the planet's rivers are becoming polluted due to industry, and fresh water may well end up being an increasingly scarce resource.
All pretty scary stuff, but the good news is that we an individuals can take small, easy steps to conserve water by using less in our homes, all of which leaves more in the 'global water pool' to share around.
Here are 5 easy steps you could take this week!
1. GET A WATER BUTT
Depending on where you live and how often you empty it, a water butt could save you about 5000 litres of water a year!
Even small sheds can have their own water butt - basically as long as it's got a sloping roof, it's good!
Use the water from your water butt to water your plants, and also to wash your car.
Local councils and water companies will often have subsidised water butts available. The other option is to put a 'shout out' on your local Freecycle or Freegle page.
2. GET A 'SHOWER BUCKET'
Have a bucket by the side of the shower that you use to collect the water that would otherwise just run straight down the drain whilst you're waiting for the shower to warm up.
You can then use this water to flush the loo, or to water the garden.
3. "IF IT'S YELLOW, LET IT MELLOW..."
Basically, if it's just a wee, don't worry about flushing everytime.
I know this one might not be for everyone, but by and large it's something we adhere to in our house - the children perhaps a little too religiously, as I do worry they don't even flush when they visit friend's houses...
4. GET A WATER SAVING SHOWER HEADWe found this brilliant water saving shower head here, from a few years ago, and LOVE it.
It aerates the water so you use less, without noticing any loss in pressure - it's fab!
It claims to use only 50% of the water, and I was sceptical - to the extent that I actually measured how much water was produced over a minute with this shower head and our old one, and it was pretty much 50%!
5. PUT A 'HIPPO' IN YOUR LOO
Popping a 'hippo' water saver in the cistern of your loo can save up to 3 litres of water with every flush!
The other alternative is to fill a 2L bottle with water and use this instead.
The hippo, or the filled bottle simply take up space in your cistern, so it stops filling earlier than it would otherwise - simples!
Which of these will you do this week?
Do leave a comment below and let me know!
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