As we start to see the impact of global climate change and the water shortages caused by it, it’s incredibly important that we all treat water as a precious resource, not something to be taken for granted. New Zealand has already suffered water shortage crises caused by storms and droughts in the past and scientists project these occurrences will only become more frequent in the future. So here are some top tips to make you smarter about how you use your water.
Turn off the shower when you lather/sink when you brush
It may seem small but it all adds up. Doing this can save thousands of litres of water in the long run. So give it a go for a few weeks; you may find the habit come easily enough!
Fix household leaks
Again, doing this can literally save thousands of litres each year. Leaky taps, showerheads, toilets, and ceilings all waste water and potentially cause a health hazard. So if you have the means to, make sure those leaks are sealed up nice and tight!
Electricity uses an enormous amount of water to generate so any savings that can be made there go a long way, especially the power used to produce hot water. Turning off lights, hanging clothes out to dry, and handwashing dishes all make a difference.
Reduce, Reuse, Recycle
Do you really need that cheap $10 t-shirt? Could you not get that used car instead of the showroom fresh model? Why not buy second hand! Not only will you probably end up with something better and more stylish, if we all bought used items more often, we’d be saving hundreds of billions of litres at the production end of the stuff we buy!
Not to mention - rather than buying new plastic bottles every time you need to quench your thirst, reuse your current one. Better yet, buy a stainless steel water bottle that will stand the test of time.
Watering Your Lawn
This is a big one. Lawns, plants, hedges all need watering yet they can be such a source of waste if you don’t consider how you go about it. The good ol’ hosepipe in the hand is the best efficient alternative to any fancy sprinkler system. Otherwise, if you decide to use a spinker, make sure it’s a low consumption one and avoid over watering your lawn (as it’s bad for the plants too). Also, if you have the means to, using collected rainwater is a much greener alternative than using water from the mains.
So there you have it! Five easy ways to reduce your water footprint. And though they may seem small, if we all do our bit and take part, we can make an impact on the condition of our planet.