World Water Day is held on the 22nd March each year, to focus attention on the importance of fresh and clean water.
We often take our supply of water for granted here in the UK, and I wanted to take this opportunity to share some water saving tips. Not only will this save precious water resources, it will save you money…
Flush the Toilet Less
It varies widely, due to different toilets, but the average flush uses 6 litres of water.
I’m sure we’re all OK with seeing a little bit of pee in the toilet, so why not consider only flushing when you need to, instead of every single time you do a wee…
If you’re on a water meter, this is a great way to keep those water charges down.
Switch to Bio-D for Laundry & Toilet Cleaning
It’s not something most people may think of, but it takes a hell of a lot of resources for water treatment plants to clean the water after we’ve used the washing machine, dishwasher or flushed the toilet after bleaching (please don’t use bleach, it’s so harsh on the environment and kills so many water based life forms).
If everyone in the UK used Bio-D laundry products, 67% less water would be required to purify the water through sewage treatment plants – thanks to the naturally derived and plant based ingredients they use. That’s a whopping 2.5 million litres of water (or one Olympic sized swimming pool) per household.
Save Cold Water from Running down the Drain
Have you ever noticed how much water runs down the drain when you wait for your morning shower to warm up enough for you to step in? Or how long the hot tap in the sink takes to get hot.
In our house, we have a bucket in the bathroom to catch cold shower water as it warms up, and a smaller container for the sink. This water then gets used to water the garden. If you don’t have a garden, you can use it to clean, mop the floors, water indoor plants, or to wash the car.
Turn Off when you Brush
This may seem like the most obvious, as we’ve all known this for years, but I’m going to say it anyway… Turn off the tap when you’re brushing your teeth. You only need it on to rinse your brush!
Have you ever thought about how much water is used to produce the food on your plate?
It takes approximately 15,500 litres of water to produce just 1kg of beef, yet just 180 litres for 1 kg tomatoes and 250 litres for 1 kg potatoes. Most crops grown are used to feed livestock (often in developing countries where water is more scarce), rather than being used to feed people directly, and is one of the major reasons behind the intensification of crop production.
The slurry from livestock is also a huge source of groundwater pollution – filling our rivers and streams with toxic nitrogen and phosphorous.
There are so many other inventive ways you can save your water consumption, and I’d love you to share your tips with me!
Thanks for reading. Happy water saving!