water is a need, a want and a basic human right. our bodies are 70% WATER AND YET THIS BASIC RESOURCE IS ABUNDANTLY AVAILABLE FOR SOME AND NOT SO FOR OTHERS. THIS IS A GRAVE INEQUALITY THAT CLAIMS LIVES. ON A POSITIVE NOTE, THIS TOPIC GETS A LOT OF ATTENTION AND THERE ARE GREAT MANY CHARITIES THAT WORK IN THIS SPACE TO PROVIDE CLEAN DRINKING WATER TO THOSE COMMUNITIES THAT NEED IT.
why do we as individuals need to save water?
massive amounts of water is wasted by the water companies and to a large extent beyond our control. blaming all the corporates and big businesses might be a strategy for some people, but an eco conscious superstar like you, apathy is not an option. 👍🏼
water wastage within our homes is definitely something we can control and manage effectively.
how do we do save water?
many different ways in which we can save water
in the kitchen
- if you are boiling pasta or potatoes or vegetables, don’t throw the water away when you are finished with it. Reuse it for any other cooking needs, like for soups or curries. this saves water and also the nutrients or starch and flavour from the previous item you boiled enhances your next dish.
- if you like cold glass of water like me, don’t run the tap till the water gets cold. fill a jug of water and keep it in the fridge.
- if you are a meat eater, then consider this: it takes 17,657 litres of water to produce 1 kilogram of beef and the global average for producing 1 kg of pork is 5,988 litres of water. now, i am not guilt tripping you or want you to feel bad. but i would like to suggest that you reduce your intake of meat and maybe do “meatless mondays”.see the post on the topic – Eating eco friendly
- vegetables and cereals also take a lot of water to produce. Apparently it takes1608 litres of water per 1 kg of bread from wheat. so, we not only have to eat right, but we also need to make sure we don’t waste food.
- fix that leaky tap.
- don’t run the dishwasher unless it’s full. running a smaller load, if you dishwasher has a half load setting, will only reduce your water usage by 10-15%.
- don’t pre-rinse your dishes when you load the dishwasher. save water and your time. scape it and stack it.
- wait till you have a full load before you do your washing.
- don’t wash clothes unless strictly necessary, especially your jeans. we have got into the routine of throwing everything at the end of the day into the wash basket. this means you use more clean drinking water to wash clothes that didn’t need washing.
- air your clothes outside in the fresh air or on a hanger inside. this will be take most of the odours away and the wrinkles will fall out too.
- along with saving water, not washing too frequently means your clothes last longer. if your laundry has polyester items, not washing them often will mean less microplastics will enter the waterways.
in the bathroom
- apparently 30% of water used in the house is in the toilet. that’s a lot of water. the newer toilet cisterns these days have the dual flush option which reduces the amount of water we flush. if you have an older style cistern or if you are not sure, then do install a water saving device. Depending on the size of your cistern, you could save between one and three litres each time you flush the toilet.
- check if you have a leaky loo. easy way to test it is to drop few drops of food colouring into the toilet cistern and leave the loo unused for an hour. if you see the colour dripping in the toilet, you have a leak. get it fixed straight away.
- have a shower rather than a bath as much as possible. but this is true only if you have a water saving showerhead or an aerated shower head. you can get water saving devices fitted to the pipes to reduce the water usage. remember we are washing ourselves with clean drinking water – a life saving resource for a lot of people around the world.
- turn off the tap when you brush your teeth. obvious and one that has been talked about a lot.
- fix that leaky tap.
save water with your wardrobe
what? i hear you say. yep, you heard it right. we can save water with your wardrobe by reducing what you buy and how you buy. every item of clothing or accessory you buy has a water footprint. by choosing not to buy and buying second hand reduces the water usage. see the previous blog post on how to switch to a second hand wardrobe. – second hand clothes
save water in the garden or your window sill
- if you have a garden, Make sure you use a watering can instead of a hose – a hose pipe can use up to 1000 litres of water an hour.
- check the weather before you water. if it’s going to rain, then save your water and let rain do it’s job.
- Use mulch and bark over the soil, it will help to reduce evaporation by up to 75%.
- get a Water butt if you have the space for it. or create a makeshift water butt to catch the rainwater.
one final word
water companies give away water saving devices for free. i would rather see them fixing their water leaks effectively, rather than spending money on free devices. but it’s great that they do as it means some of the changes I have mentioned above can be done with the help of these water saving devices. check your local water company’s website on water saving devices to see what’s on offer.
If you are with thames water, here’s the link to their water saving devices page – Be water smart · Thames Water