How can we save water in societies and apartments?
Water, after air, is the most important element for the survival of life. Water is a limited resource that, if not managed properly, will lead to shortages in the near future. Water conservation can go a long way towards mitigating these looming shortages.
Reasons to conserve water:
• Water conservation saves energy. Since it takes energy to filter, heat, and pump water into your home, lowering water consumption also reduces the carbon footprint.
• Using less water conserves water and helps to keep wetland habitats stocked for animals such as otters, water voles, herons, and fish. This is especially important during droughts and in areas with high demand for water supplies.
• Conserving water can lead to significant savings. If users have a water metre, the less water users’ use, the less water company may charge.
Measurements for conserving water in societies and apartments:
1. Examine toilet for leaks: Fill toilet tank with a few drops of food colouring. If the colouring begins to appear in the bowl without flushing, users have a leak that could be wasting more than 100 gallons of water per day.
2. No longer use the toilet as an ashtray or wastebasket: Every cigarette butt or tissue flushed away wastes five to seven gallons of water.
3. Fill the toilet tank with a plastic bottle: Fill the bottom of a one-litre bottle with an inch or two of sand or pebbles to weigh it down. Fill the bottle with water and place it in the toilet tank, away from the operating mechanism. In an average home, the bottle could save five gallons or more of water per day without affecting the toilet's efficiency. If the tank is large enough, users may be able to fit two bottles inside.
4. Take fewer showers: A typical shower consumes 5 to 10 gallons of water per minute. Shower only for the time it takes to soap up and wash.
5. Enable water-saving shower heads or flow restrictors if possible: The local hardware or plumbing supply store will have low-cost shower heads or flow restrictors that will reduce the shower flow to three gallons per minute instead of five to ten. They are simple to install and will keep the showers clean and refreshing.
6. Water the lawn only when necessary: Regular watering does not allow for cool spells or rainfall, which reduces the need for watering. Take a step on the grass. It doesn't need water if it springs back up when you move your foot.
7. Soak your lawn thoroughly: Water your lawn long enough for the water to seep down to the roots, where it is needed. A light sprinkling on the surface will simply evaporate and be thrown away.
8. Drinking water during the cooler parts of the day: Early morning is preferable to dusk because it helps prevent fungus growth.
Are there any other way to save water?
When using the dishwasher or washing machine, make sure each cycle is fully loaded. Running full cycles saves water because these appliances will only fill to a certain level, and having more dishes or clothes reduces the amount of water required for each cycle. This ensures that user is getting the most energy and water savings out of each run of ones appliances.
Save water, save energy!