How Can I Save Water?
Did you know that washing your driveway, patio or walkway with a hose wastes a lot of water and doesn’t even get them much cleaner than by sweeping?
Dust settles everywhere in Abu Dhabi. But when keeping driveways, walkways, patios and outdoor areas clean, remember one major Waterwise tip: Sweep, don’t spray.
- Sweep the outside areas of your home instead of using a hose. Hosing paved areas uses a lot of water and doesn’t get them much cleaner than using a broom. It’s a very water-wasteful habit that is all too common in Abu Dhabi but you can be proud to switch to a much more Waterwise method! Use a bucket of soapy water and a brush to clean dirty spots, and use the hose only on very rare occasions.
- Remember, water isn’t always necessary to clean—sweeping, brushing or wiping down cars, bikes, furniture and other outdoor items often does the trick and saves a lot of water in the process. That should be the first method you choose. Then use water only when necessary, and try to use as little as possible.
- For any outdoor items that really do need to be cleaned with water, consider using a high-pressure water cleaner instead of a regular hose. A high-pressure water cleaner can clean faster and more effectively while using up to 60% less water than a normal hose.