Saving water in summer


We can’t take our freshwater resources for granted. There are loads of things you can do around the home to help save water this summer:

  1. When washing dishes by hand, don't let the water run while rinsing. Fill one sink with wash water and the other with rinse water.
  2. Shorten your shower by a minute or two and you'll save up to 680 litres per month. Bathe your young children together.
  3. Adjust sprinklers so only your lawn is watered and not the house, sidewalk, or street.
  4. Wash your car on the lawn, and you'll water your lawn at the same time.
  5. Run your clothes washer and dishwasher only when they are full. You can save up to 4540litres per month
  6. Turn off the shower while you lather your hair to save up to 650 litres a month.
  7. Wash your pets outdoors in an area of your lawn that needs water.
  8. Choose shrubs and groundcovers instead of turf for hard-to-water areas such as steep slopes and isolated strips.
  9. Install covers on pools and spas and check for leaks around your pumps.
  10. Insulate hot water pipes for more immediate hot water at the faucet and for energy savings.
  11. Use the garbage disposal sparingly. Compost vegetable food waste instead and save litres every time.
  12. For cold drinks keep a bottle of water in the refrigerator instead of running the tap. This way, every drop goes down you and not the drain.
  13. Put the plug in while you shave and save up to 1350 litres a month.
  14. When you give your pet fresh water, don't throw the old water down the drain. Use it to water your trees or shrubs.
  15. Keep a bucket in the shower to catch water as it warms up or runs. Use this water to flush toilets or water plants.
  16. When you are washing your hands, don't let the water run while you lather
  17. Water your lawn and garden in the morning or evening when temperatures are cooler to minimize evaporation.
  18. Put the plug in your kitchen sink while you wash your fruit and vegetables, or betters still rinse them in a bowl and empty it over your plants - they will love you for the extra nutrients.
  19. Spreading a layer of organic mulch around plants retains moisture and saves water, time and money.
  20. Use a broom instead of a hose to clean your driveway and sidewalk and save water every time.
  21. If your shower fills a 10 litre bucket in less than a minute, replace the showerhead with a water-efficient model.
  22. We're more likely to notice leaks indoors, but don't forget to check outdoor faucets, sprinklers and hoses for leaks.
  23. Check the root zone of your lawn or garden for moisture before watering using a spade or trowel. If it's still moist 50 milimeters under the soil surface, you still have enough water.
  24. When buying new appliances, consider those that offer cycle and load size adjustments. They're more water and energy efficient.
  25. Use the half flush on the toilet or consider upgrading older toilets to dual flush models.
  26. Adjust your lawn mower to a higher setting. A taller lawn shades roots and holds soil moisture better than if it is closely clipped.
  27. When cleaning out fish tanks, give the nutrient-rich water to your plants.
  28. Water your garden with a watering can rather than a hose, and a hose rather than a sprinkler, to get the water to where it's needed.
  29. Put food coloring in your toilet tank. If it seeps into the toilet bowl without flushing, you have a leak. Fixing it can save up to 5 thousand litres a month!
  30. When running a bath, put the plug in before turning the water on, then adjust the temperature as the tub fills up.
  31. Collect rainwater from your roof to water your garden, or consider plumbing it to your toilets and even your hot water tank.
  32. Designate one glass for your drinking water each day or refill a water bottle. This will cut down on the number of glasses to wash.
  33. Install a rain sensor on your irrigation controller so your system won't run when it's raining.
  34. Don't use running water to thaw food. Defrost food in the refrigerator for water and energy efficiency as well as food safety.
  35. Use drip irrigation for shrubs and trees to apply water directly to the roots where it's needed.
  36. Grab a wrench and fix that leaky faucet. It's simple, inexpensive, and you can save 500 litres a week.
  37. Reduce the amount of lawn in your yard by planting shrubs and ground covers appropriate to your site and region.
  38. When doing laundry, match the water level to the size of the load.
  39. Teach your children to turn off taps tightly after each use.
  40. Soak pots and pans instead of letting the water run while you scrape them clean.
  41. Don't water your lawn on windy days when most of the water blows away or evaporates.
  42. Water your plants deeply but less frequently to encourage deep root growth and drought tolerance.
  43. Group plants with the same watering needs together to avoid overwatering some while underwatering others.
  44. Mulch your planting beds to minimize weed growth that competes for water, as well as trapping water in the soil - but make sure you water before you mulch.
  45. Drop your tissue in the trash instead of flushing it and save water every time.