Smart Ways To Cut Water Wastage

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Shower tap (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

One of the big environmental issues of our time is water wastage – it’s a notable concern across the world and one that is only going to have a bigger impact on the way we live globally. However, that doesn’t mean that as individuals we can’t do our part to help reduce the amount of water we use and in doing so the pressure on this extremely valuable resource.

To be frank the average person wastes a lot of water on a daily basis and there’s no doubt that there’s plenty of room for improvement as regards our water usage. Aside from using less water and the environmental benefits that come with it, people also will see a fall in their utility bill costs too. In essence, using less water means helping the environment and also saving your bank account. So, we’ve decided to compile a list of different ways you can save water and your pocket also.

Shower Less and for Shorter Periods

You’d be amazed at how much water is wasted in a shower. Yes, we’re all familiar with the chant that ‘showers use less water’; however it depends on a number of variables.

A shower will use a lot less water if you only run the water for a couple of minutes, however if you take a  shower of 8 minutes or more you will end up using as much as would take to fill a bath. It’s nice to have a nice warm shower now and then, but remember that it still tends to waste water. Cutting showers down saves water and cuts costs.

Of course, if you love the indulgence that a bath brings then why not take one now and again. However, we would suggest that you keep the water levels at a shallow level to prevent wastage and reduce the amount of water used. If you’re washing small children, why not wash them together or one after the other to save on water use?

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Water Faucet (Photo credit: merfam)

Old Taps

Indoor and outdoor taps suffer with time and leakage can often be a problem. However, did you that a leaking tap can waste over 5,000 litres of water in a full year – that’s a lot more than you expected we’d imagine. Of course, they’re also extremely annoying and that pit-pat sound drives most people mad. So, for those who ’t want to waste water and see a rise in their blood pressure, fix those old taps? It’s often only a matter of adding a new washer or merely tightening the tap.

Even if you have non-leaking taps, it’s still very easy to make changes to them that can use a lot less water. By adding a new aerated tap you can cut your water wastage from taps in half. These taps add air to the water and reduce wastage, while still keeping pressure levels up with those you’d expect.

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Teeth brush (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Gleaming Teeth

One of the most common issues people create when it comes to water wastage is leaving the tap on while they brush their teeth. Dentists recommend that we brush our teeth for three minutes at a time and as the average tap runs around six litres of water a minute, this can mean 18 litres wasted a brushing. This means that if you’ve a number of people in your home this can make for hundreds of litres a week in waste and thousands of litres over the period of a year.

A lot of water saving is merely down to taking a little more care and being more conscious of the way we use our water. This can result in us saving thousands of litres in a year and also cutting down on our utility costs.

By Cormac Reynolds

Cormac Reynolds has written a number of great green articles for a number of green sites. He enjoys writing about the topic.

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