Water conservation starts in the home. With a little thought and care, in-home water use can be greatly reduced with very little inconvenience. Think about the water you use… and use it wisely.
Here are some tips for reducing in-home water use:
Run washing machines and dishwashers at full capacity whenever possible. This insures you get the greatest benefit from the water you use.
Doing a small wash? Make sure you set the water level in your machine so that only the needed amount of water is used.
Wash your hands under slow running taps and shut the water off when brushing your teeth.
Don’t use the toilet as a garbage can - some toilets use up to 20 litres per flush.
Repair leaky faucets and plumbing fixtures. A leaking toilet or dripping faucet can waste hundreds of litres of water a month. To test your toilet for leaks put some food colouring in the tank and wait a few minutes – don’t flush. If colour starts to appear in the bowl, you know you have a leaky toilet.
Just about time to redo your bath and kitchen? Replace those old plumbing fixtures with new low flow fixtures that use less water. A low flow shower head can reduce water consumption up to 50%. A new water efficient toilet can lower water use from the 20 litres a flush that you old toilet uses down to 6 litres a flush for the lowest flow toilet