10 Simple DIY Tips to Reduce Water Wastage at Your Home
Jul 20, 2017
With drought and water shortage becoming an issue to reckon with, we need to be extremely careful about our water usage. Extreme care must be taken to make sure that we don’t waste water unnecessarily. To make it easier for you, we’ve listed 10 simple DIY tips to reduce water wastage at your home.
Drink at least 8 to 12 glasses of water every day to stay healthy.
Always finish your glass of water!
Check your faucets and pipes for leaks.
Make sure that you get all the leaks fixed by a plumber as soon as you notice a leak. A small drip from a faucet can result in 20 gallons of water wastage in a single day.
Use your dishwater and washing machine only for full loads
Make sure you use your dishwater or washing machine for full loads so that you don’t end up wasting water. If you have an old washing machine, replace it with a new one since most of the new washing machines are energy star rated and use 35-50% less water per load.
Use drought resistant plants in your garden
Having a garden is great but you also require a great deal of water to maintain your garden. You can prevent this by planting drought-resistant plants like succulents, which require less water. These plants don’t need to be watered every day.
Put a layer of mulch around trees and plants to retain moisture
Adding a layer of mulch around your plants will help the soil retain moisture and will also prevent water runoff. This means that you don’t need to water your plants every day.
Get a faucet aerator
Wondering what are faucet aerators? They are little pieces of hardware that you screw on to the bottom of the tap which reduces the flow of water to 1.5 gallons per minute or more which save a huge volume of water. Make sure every tap in your house has a faucet aerator.
Set up rain barrels in your garden or balcony
Set up barrels in your garden or balcony so that you can collect the rainwater and use it to water your garden, wash dishes or mop the floor. This is a great way to conserve water.
Replace your lawn with artificial turf
A large amount of water and maintenance is required to keep your lawn looking lush and green. Instead of wasting so much of water, replace your lawn with artificial turf so that you have a great looking lawn throughout the year minus the water wastage.
Don’t wash your car every day
Don’t wash your car every day when you know that there is a shortage of water everywhere. If you really need to wash your car try washing it every 15 days or take it to a car wash that recycles the water.
Turn off the tap while brushing your teeth or washing your hands
This may seem like an obvious way to save water but most people don’t do it. How many times have you left the water running while you brush your teeth, wash your face or your hands? Making a conscious effort to turn off the tap while you go about your daily routine will save tons of water in the long run.
Save your cooking water
How many times have you spilled the water used to boil potatoes or eggs into the drain? Instead of doing this you can save the water used for cooking and use it to water your plants. This water is rich in nutrients and is a great fertilizer for your plants.
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