It’s National Water Week!
In the garden:
- Be water wise by watering only in the early morning or late afternoon – NOT during the heat of the day.
- Mulch your plantings. A 5-10 cm layer of organic mulch like shredded leaves, bark or compost slows evaporation by shading the soil, slows water runoff, keeps down weeds (thus lessening competition from them for water), enriches the soil and improves plant health.
- Reduce the size of your water-guzzling lawn and when you do mow, raise the cutting height. Lawn irrigation accounts for about 30% of water consumption; the average lawn uses about 50 000 litres of water during summer.
In the office:
- Office water use can account for 10% of the water consumption of a major city.
- A moderate sized building of 10’000 m2 typically consumes over 20 000 litres per day or more than 7 million litres per year – enough to supply 40 average homes.
- Audits of office buildings conducted internationally indicate that over 95% of water use in office buildings is accounted for by leakage 26% (taps, urinals, cisterns, piping, valves, pumps), amenities 37% (toilets, kitchenettes, showers) and cooling systems 31%.
In your home:
- Wait until you have a full load in your dishwasher before using it. This saves water and energy, and it reduces the amount of detergent entering the sewerage system.
- Pool covers reduce the amount of water you need to keep your pool full and running efficiently.
- Fix leaky taps immediately. One leaking tap can waste more than 2’000 litres a month!
- A bath uses 80 litres of water; a 5-minute shower uses 35 litres of water. Which one is water wise?
- Always use a broom, not a hose, to clean driveways and sidewalks.
In the kitchen
- Turn the tap off between washing vegetables or rinse them in a filled sink or bowl.
- Don’t defrost frozen foods with running water. Plan ahead and place frozen items in the refrigerator overnight or use the defrost setting on your microwave.
- Use the right sized pot for the job. An oversized pot means more water being heated and more energy being used to do it – and you’ll be losing valuable nutrients!
- Consider steaming vegetables – you’ll preserve nutrients in addition to saving water.
- Use a pressure cooker to save water, energy and time.
- Select the short cycle option on your dishwasher. This can reduce your water consumption by half!
- Plan ahead to use the fewest dishes you can for eating and cooking. Less dishes = less loads = less water usage. (Also less power!).
- Don’t leave the water running when rinsing dishes. Use a bowl of water, or place a plug in the sink for washing and rinsing dishes and cooking implements rather than turning on the tap each time a rinse is needed.
- Store drinking water in the refrigerator rather than letting the tap run when you want a cold glass of water.
- Reuse your water glass. Keep one large glass for drinking water from throughout the day.
Water Rhapsody is a water conservation company that would be able to assist you with rainwater harvesting systems, greywater reuse systems, back-up water supply systems, pool back-wash recycling systems and toilet flushing systems. When you have our systems installed in your home not only could you reduce your water bill by up to 90%, you will also never be without water. We are also suppliers of JoJo water tanks.