Water is something that many of us take for granted. We’re aware that there are places on earth that experience water shortages, but we largely assume that these can be attributed to either sweltering weather or poor supplies and infrastructure in developing countries. With so much rain, we don’t think that it’s something that we’ll ever have to think about in our country.
However, in the last few weeks, troubling reports have suggested that actually, despite the weather, and rising water in our seas, due to leaks, infrastructure, and often extreme wastage, water shortages could be something that we face in the coming years. In fact, because of the coronavirus pandemic, some areas in this country could even face a shortage of drinkable water this year.
Imagine a life where you don’t just turn your tap on and automatically get clean, safe drinking water? While at home, we aren’t in a position to tackle the biggest causes of these shortages, we can all be doing our bit to reduce waste. Wastage which is typically caused by simply taking water for granted because it has never been something that many of us have had to think about before. Below is a look at some of the things that you could do at home to save water.
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Rainwater is usually completely safe to drink and wash with. Even if you didn’t want to consume it, it’s great for watering your garden, feeding plants, washing the car and filling the paddling pool. Yet most rainwater simply goes to waste. Start collecting water using a tank from www.watertankfactory.com.au, and you’ll turn your taps on less.
Turn the Tap Off
Do you run the tap for the whole two minutes when you brush your teeth? Most of us are guilty of this, and it’s such a massive waste. On average (depending on flow), two gallons of water flow every minute. So every time you brush your teeth, four gallons of water flow down the drain. You could easily save at least three gallons with every brush. A family of four brushing twice a day could save 8760 gallons of water every year.
Check for Leaks
A slow drip from a tap, or from the toilet flush, might not seem like a lot. But, a constant drip, can soon become quite a large amount of water. It could even be costing you money if you pay for water based on usage. Check for leaks and get them fixed.
Take Shorter Showers
Do you really need a long shower? We have them every day, and most of us don’t regularly do things that make us that dirty. A quick wash to get rid of sweat and the day’s grime doesn’t need to take more than a few minutes. If you want to save more water with your shower, install a water saver on your head or turn your water pressure down.
Use a Short Flush
Some people save water by avoiding flushing until it’s absolutely necessary. If you don’t like the idea of leaving waste, instead install a flush with two options, and make sure you use the short flush unless you absolutely need a little more power.