How to avoid wasting water this summer

dripping tap

Tips That will Save Water, and Money.

Water conservation should be a primary concern to all responsible people. Whether for drinking, cleaning, bathing, or gardening, when the warmer weather moves in our water usage usually rises significantly. That’s because there’s a lot of water-related chores and activities associated with the changes in the temperature outside.
Water resources aren’t as abundant as we may think. Sure, the world is mainly covered with oceans and lakes, but most of it isn’t fit for human consumption. Add the fact that major parts of the UK have experienced drought conditions for a number of years now and it’s safe to say every drop counts.
That being the case, consider some of the following tips for water conservation around the home this summer.

Home Water Conservation Tips

Garden Water Savings

  • Hose: Instead of holding the garden hose and shooting a stream of water across the garden towards vegetation that needs to be fed, try using the hose as a means of transporting water to plants. Then aim for the base of plants because that’s where water counts the most. Otherwise, it will fall in areas you do not intend to cultivate.
  • Drip irrigate: Drip irrigation systems can be used to conserve water and hiring a plumber for installation isn’t necessary. The system consists of rubber tubing with holes that is connected on one end to an exterior tap while the rest is carefully placed near plants and bushes. When the tap is turned on small amounts of water exit the holes feeding nearby vegetation.
  • Morning watering: Feed the garden in the early morning when water won’t evaporate quickly from the sun. Doing so will keep roots healthy throughout the day.

Kitchen Water Savings

  • Faucet regulator: Install a faucet regulator on your kitchen sink so water will never shoot out at full strength when initially turned on. If needed it could be adjusted for a steadier stream but in general will prevent a lot from flowing down the drain and being wasted.
  • Washing dishes: If necessary, let dishes soak in sink to soften dried/stubborn food and turn off water when scrubbing dishes. Only turn on the faucet to rinse.
  • Reuse: The kitchen presents many opportunities to reuse water for the garden or houseplants. Some examples include water from boiling eggs, steaming veggies, and leftover water in the kettle.
  • Dripping taps: Dripping taps could cost you hundreds of pound over a year, when the rectification work to eliminate the dripping could cost you pennies. Most dripping taps are cause by a worn tap washer, so don’t think that the expense of having to change the complete tap is necessary. If you are uncertain how to replace the washer, call your plumber to do it for you as you may cause more harm than good.

Bathroom Water Savings

  • Toilet: Depending on the type of toilet, each pull of the handle can down several litres of water, so don’t flush just for the sake of getting rid of a dirty tissue. A waste bin is for rubbish, so only flush when necessary.
  • Brushing teeth: There’s no need to keep the water running when brushing teeth. Like washing dishes turn it on when you need to rinse. When left on, the water is simply being wasted down the drain.
  • Shower: As you wait for the perfect temperature have a bucket handy to catch the first bit of water coming out of the shower head. It can then be reused in the garden, to wash floors, or to flush the toilet. Also, turn the shower off when soaping up and then back on again to rinse off. Doing so shouldn’t be uncomfortable in the warmer weather and can save litres upon litres of water.