Use lessHow 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.
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.