While we all know the importance of water, very few people think twice before wasting this valuable resource. Even today, millions of people in India and around the globe are deprived of clean drinking water and have to toil daily for it.
Unfortunately, we waste many gallons of water every day at home without even noticing, and this blog focuses on ways through which you can preserve it. Let’s get started.
It’s a common habit among the majority to keep the tap on the sink running for tasks such as shaving, washing dishes, and brushing teeth, among others. This results in significant wastage of water. Many litres of water go into the drain because of this bad habit.
You can save several litres of water every year if you wade off this ill habit. Use the tap of your sink only when you need water and turn it off when not needed. Also, while washing hands, keep the force to the minimum so that you can save water. Using alcohol-based sanitisers to clean hands is also a good idea to reduce usage and subsequent wastage of water.
This is another effective way to preserve water. Every drop of water leaked from taps and toilets contributes to wastage. It’s a good idea to check your faucets once in every six months and get them replaced if found faulty.
Similarly, check your toilet for leaks after every 2-3 months and plug it at the earliest. Today, there are water leak sensors available installing which can give you signals about a leaking toilet. You can also perform a simple dye test to find out about a possible leakage.
Put the dye in the toilet tank and wait for about 10 to 15 minutes. If you find any colour in the toilet bowl, it means that there’s a leak. You can also contemplate upgrading your toilet that uses less water.
A continuous flow of water often prompts us to take a long shower. What we forget in the process is that we are leaking and wasting a lot of water. While an occasional long bath is okay, you are only wasting gallons of water that can be put to better use if you do so regularly. It is a good idea to set a timer for shower and not go beyond it.
Also, it’s advisable to use an efficient showerhead that will allow you to lather up in less water. You can install a low-flow showerhead that significantly cuts down the water you use to take a bath.
An excellent way to save water is to repurpose it. For example, the water you use to clean vegetables can be preserved and used for watering plants or washing your vehicle. When you clean vegetables, a lot of water goes into the drain. Collect this water in a pot and use it for the above tasks.
You will be surprised to note how this small exercise can help you save gallons of water every year. Also, the impure water that’s filtered out of reverse osmosis from water purifiers can be used for floor mopping and cleaning toilets. Adding detergents or phenyl to this water can do the job for you for these tasks.
Watering plants early in the morning is a good idea to cut down its wastage. This is because early morning when the temperature is cool, plants would lose less water due to evaporation. Hence, their requirement would be much less.
On the other hand, don’t water plants in the evening as it could lead to weeds’ growth that sap water out of plants. Using a layer of organic mulch on the surface of the planting beds can help prevent these weeds.
It’s also a good idea to install a rain barrel that would help in rain harvesting and keep plants hydrated without the need for turning on the sprinkler. Also, avoid using a hose to water plants. With a hose, you end up using a lot more water than you think.
It’s a common habit to run washing machines half-loaded. Most of us make this mistake as we feel that a fully-loaded machine will not do the work for us. However, it’s not true. If you wash your clothes in a half-loaded machine, it will take twice the amount of water required in a full machine.
So, it’s in your best interest to fully load your washing machine to clean dirty clothes to save electricity as well as water.
Just like a washing machine, you need to ensure that the dishwasher is full before you press the start button. Note that a dishwasher consumes a significant amount of water, and if you use it twice or thrice in a day, the same can result in substantial water wastage.
Therefore, it’s a good habit to load it fully before using it. By doing so, not only will you save water but also reduce electricity bills to a great extent.
Steaming vegetables is a better alternative than boiling as it requires much less water. There is also another benefit of steaming. It helps in retaining more of the natural nutrients present in the vegetable.
However, if you boil your vegetables, then it’s a good idea to use the leftover water as a stock for soups. You can also allow it to cool and use for cleaning utensils or watering plants.
You don’t always have to use a hose to clean your vehicle. On many occasions, sponging it is enough to keep it clean. Sponging it can help you remove stains easily while saving water in the process.
If you feel you need to hose clean your vehicle, take it to a car washing service company that generally uses recycled water. In this way, you can significantly cut down wastage at home.
This is another effective method of saving water and preventing its wastage. When it rains, you can use drums and buckets to collect this water and use it for cleaning floors, toilets and even cleaning your vehicle, for that matter.
Collecting rainwater is a simple and easy process. You need to be aware and proactive when it rains and make concentrated efforts towards collecting this water that often goes into the drain. Put drums at strategic positions to capture water from going into the gutter from pipes when it rains.
As water is a precious asset, it’s necessary to preserve every drop. Often, while drinking water, we take more than what we need. After consuming the desired amount, we tend to throw away the rest. This practice, if stemmed, can help you save thousands of litres of water each year.
It’s always advisable to take water in quantity you need for drinking and finish it till the last drop. Also, if you have purchased a sealed pack of bottled water, don’t throw it until you have consumed all of it. If you need to throw the bottle for some reason, pour the remaining water in a jug or glass before discarding the bottle.
With summers slowly starting to take toll, it’s a common practice among children to play with hose and sprinklers. However, it should be discouraged as it results in significant water wastage.
Parents and elders should educate children on the importance of preserving water so that they too can collaborate to conserve it.
Access to clean water shouldn’t be taken for granted. Every drop you save contributes to the betterment of the environment and society. With a bit of prudence, you can make a significant difference.
good ideas hope all realise the value of water considering the future scarcity of water