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Using water efficiently at home, at school, and at the office helps protect freshwater resources.

Use less

How much perfectly good water do you waste down the drain?

Using water more efficiently not only saves water, it can also lower greenhouse gas emissions – public water systems require a lot of energy to purify and distribute water to households.

And using less hot water saves further emissions, as less energy is used to heat the water.

  • Turn off the tap. Don't let the water run while shaving, brushing teeth or washing vegetables. 
  • Fix dripping taps. A tap dripping 45 times per minute wastes around 1,000 litres of water a month, the equivalent of 10 baths per year.
  • Take short showers instead of a bath. Make sure too that the water thermostat isn’t set above 60°C (140°F).
  • Install water-saving, low-flow shower heads. These deliver good performance for only half of the water use (5-7 litres per minute instead of 10-18 litres per minute; a savings of 70,000 litres over 10 years).
  • Install a flush saver on your toilet. Two-button double flush toilets let you control how much water you use.
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Toothbrush under running water.
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Collect and reuse

  • Collect rainwater. Why waste drinking water on the lawn? Get a water tank (butt) and use rainwater to water plants instead.
  • Collect rinsing water. You can also reuse water from washing vegetables and rinsing lightly soiled dishes to water garden or house plants.
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