Water: it’s one of our most vital resources and one that most of us have easy access to. And, with over 70% of the world made up of water, it can be easy to think water is in endless and constant supply. However, with factors such as pollution, overuse of water and climate change causing a drain on the world’s resources, water scarcity is an increasing problem for people worldwide. As such we are dealing with a global water crisis that is impacting women, children, education, the economy and the environment especially in locations such as China, India, Pakistan, in the Middle East and many countries and regions of Africa.
With the current state of affairs, a struggling climate and over 2.1 billion people thought to be without water worldwide, charities such as WaterAid and the World Water Council are asking us all to put water at the forefront of our minds.
Therefore, we’ve put together our 10 tips to save water in order to help stop the water crisis and fight climate change.
10 Tips To Save Water
Turn your taps off
A simple but effective tip to start with. By turning the tap off when brushing your teeth you could save a massive 6 litres of water per minute! Meanwhile, fixing those pesky dripping taps around your home could save you 4 litres of water per day.
So, get those taps turned off and you’ll not only be cutting your water use but also your water bill!
Cut your shower time
Now, we’re not saying you should avoid the shower and risk halving your friends as well as your water use. Instead maybe cut out the shower-time singing and keep your showers as short as possible. Also take showers, as opposed to baths, where possible to reduce your water use.
Save up your washing
Again, we’re not advocating for a lack of hygiene here but saving up your laundry until you have a full load is a great way to save water as well as electricity.
Eat your greens
Eating seasonal fruit and vegetables instead of meat and dairy is not only good for your health but it’s also great for the environment in more ways than one. Cutting down on your meat intake and upping your seasonal vegetables even just once a week is a great way to conserve water and also help the climate: win-win!
Cut down on the washing up
Sadly this isn’t a handy tip for getting out of doing the dishes but it is a handy tip to save water! If you have a dishwasher make sure it is full each time you set it to run so as not to waste water and power.
Save your rainwater
Catching rainwater to put to good use is a great way to preserve water sources. In fact, it could save around 5,000 litres of water a year. Plus, rainwater is known to be better for plants than tap water so say hello to greener gardens and lower water bills.
Get all green-fingered
Instead of watering your garden during the day when water is immediately evaporated, and therefore wasted, try watering them in the morning or evening. And, if it’s really hot, water your garden as much as you can to preserve vital heatwave resources.
Put the kettle
Don’t panic, we’re not asking you to cut out your morning brew but to only fill the kettle with the amount of water you need. A few more trips to the tap is a worthy sacrifice for all the water, energy and money you’ll save.
Flush your problems away
If you can, invest in a low flush toilet. With the average person flushing the toilet around 5 times a day, you’re sure to start saving water in no time.
Food production uses masses of water. So, do your bit by using up all your produce and cutting down on your food waste. You’ll also help with the nation’s every growing problem with waste management.
We know the water crisis can seem like too a large problem to solve but by following some of these tips to save water, we can all make a difference that can add up to significant change.
If you’d like to find out more about the water crisis and how you can help, take a look at the sites below: