How Can I Save Water?

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Did you know that around 40% of all water consumed inside the home is used in the bathroom? A quarter of that water is flushed down the toilet!

It’s easy to waste unnecessary water in the bathroom, especially taking extra-long showers. But don’t worry, there are also lots of ways to save!

Here are some tips to be more Waterwise in the bathroom:

  • Did you know the shower is where most people use the most water inside their home? Showers use 10 to 20 litres of water each minute!

    • The best tip for saving water in the shower is the simplest: take shorter showers. The longer you take, the more water goes down the drain. Aim for five minutes or as close as you can reasonably get.
    • Use a shower timer to help remind you when to get out. Many waterproof models are available, or you can use a regular kitchen timer as long as you keep it dry.
    • Replace your showerhead with a water efficient model to save up to 50% during every shower. They work by restricting the flow of water but often feel like they use higher pressure, which can be a bonus if your home’s water pressure usually feels too low.
    • While you wait for your water to warm up (or cool down in the summer), catch the water in a bucket to give to your plants, clean your home or use for another purpose. You’ll save many Litres that would otherwise flow down the drain every time you shower.
    • To save even more, turn off the water while soaping, shampooing or shaving and turn it back on when you’re ready to rinse. 
    • They say that cool water is better for the skin, whereas hot water dries skin and opens pores. So by taking shorter hot showers, you’ll actually be doing your skin a favour.


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    Power tip: Taking shorter showers also saves energy by not having to heat up as much water. 


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    Power tip: Adjust the temperature on your water heater so it is only as hot as you really want to use. Heating your water too high, so that you have to mix cold water to make it a comfortable temperature, is an unnecessary waste of energy.

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    • Affix an aerator to your tap to use up to 50% less water. Aerators are small fittings that screw on to the tip of your tap. They save water by reducing the flow but often give the feeling of improved pressure. Aerators are available at most good hardware stores.
    • Turn off the tap while you brush your teeth. To save more, rinse your brush in a small cup of water instead of under an open tap.
    • Don’t let the tap run while you shave either. Plug the sink and fill it only with enough warm water to rinse the blade instead of rinsing under a running tap.
    • Use only as much water as you actually need to wash your hands. Turn off the tap while you lather your hands and turn it back on to rinse.
    • Teach children to turn taps off tightly after each use. A dripping tap can waste 20 to 40 litres of water per day. That is a lot of wasted water!
    • If your tap is dripping, fix it as soon as possible. If you need to wait for someone to fix the dripping tap, place a bucket underneath the tap to use in other places like watering your plants.

     

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    • If you have a single-flush toilet, consider replacing it with a dual-flush one. A dual flush toilet lets you select the amount of water you use per flush—a lot or a little, for solid waste or liquid. A single-flush toilet uses 12 Litres of water on average, whereas a dual-flush toilet does the same job with less, even as low as 3 Litres per flush.
    • If it’s not the right time to buy a new toilet, you can reduce the amount of water your current toilet uses per flush by placing a brick or full bottle in your cistern (the water tank above your toilet). This works by taking up space inside your cistern and fooling it into adding less water back in after every flush. Find the best size and placement that works for your toilet and does not disrupt its flow.
    • Do not use your toilet as a garbage bin or ashtray. It wastes anywhere from 3 to 12 litres just to dispose of a tissue or a cigarette butt!

     

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  • Did you know that filling the average bathtub with 30 centimetres of water is equal to 200 litres of water? That is the equivalent of 16 toilet flushes or more. However, the average five-minute shower with a water efficient showerhead uses just 50 litres. 

    So our number one tip for saving water in the bath is not to take one! Take a 5-minute shower instead.

    But when you do use the bath—for children, pets or a little relaxation—here are some Waterwise bath tips to save where you can:

    • Your body takes up room in the tub too so remember to turn off the water with plenty of room to spare instead of draining water after you get in.
    • Fill the tub with water that is the right temperature from the start. Having to add or drain more water to change the temperature after the bath is full wastes water and energy.
    • Wash the kids together; it’s fun for them, takes you less time and saves water! Be sure to keep the water level safe and shallow.
    • If you notice that water drains away during your bath, check your plug for leaks. Fix or replace the plug rather than spending extra water to continually top up the bath.

     

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    • When you can, clean the parts of your bathroom while you use them. For example, scrub the tub before you take a bath while you’re waiting for the water to warm up. Scrub the sink while you’re brushing your teeth or shaving. Or scrub the shower while you’re using it. Just turn off the tap while you’re soaping and scrubbing and turn it back on to rinse.
    • Be thoughtful about the water you use to rinse away your cleaning products. A good scrub, a quality cleaning product and just a little water to wet and rinse it away will get things nice and clean.


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