In a lot of western countries, the tap water is of very high quality. We are so used to it, that we can easily take it for granted. We can use it in any way we want, no matter how many times we want. It’s just a matter of turning on the tap and the delicious tap water starts to flow.
However, what many people don’t know is that tap water is becoming increasingly scarce and millions of people are looking away. Too often, we are wasting tap water unnecessarily. Because of this we (unconsciously or consciously) only make the problem worse.
Because we are used to it, it is difficult to consciously pay attention to this. However, there are handy tricks and tips to reduce your water consumption by a lot. Below you can read our top 7.
Try not to shower for more than 5 minutes
Lovely, a hot shower in the morning or actually any time of day. You shower before bed or you wake up and then shower, so you’re nice and fresh to start your day. Usually, this takes a little longer than 5 minutes. Most people shower between 5 and 10 minutes at a time.
As mentioned before, it is advisable to shower for a maximum of 5 minutes a day, which almost halves the water consumption while showering.
Save water while showering
Do you always wait for the shower to reach the perfect temperature? While waiting, just place a bucket under the shower head. This water is perfect for flushing the toilet or watering the garden.
You can also opt for a low flow shower head. The purchase value of this is higher than a normal showerhead, but you save a lot. The regular showerheads use about 18 litres per minute (sometimes even more). The flow rate showerheads, on the other hand, consume only 9 litres per minute.Yes, a saving of no less than 50%!
Don’t leave the tap on
Admit it. You, too, sometimes leave the faucet open while you brush your teeth or soap your hands, right? But what’s the point of this? Nothing. It’s a useless and unnecessary waste of water. High quality tap water, that is. One of the highest in the world.
We advise you to put a glass filled with tap water in your sink, for when you actually need it. With this, you can simply moisten your toothbrush and rinse your mouth with it afterwards. Bet you waste less water this way!
Find the leak
A leaking faucet might not seem as a big deal because it doesn’t really bother you. However, repairing a leaking faucet can save a lot of water. Give it a chance yourself and grab those pipe wrenches or call a plumber. In any case, it pays to close that leak (and stop wasting water).
Use the dishwasher in moderation
Is the dishwasher half full or maybe even less full? Just don’t turn it on for once. Wait until the dishwasher’s full. You’ll notice that you’ll turn the dishwasher on much less this way. And therefore, you will also be clever with your water consumption.
Water plants cleverly
Outdoor plants are best watered early in the morning. At this point in time you will need to water less because a cool morning temperature means that less water will be lost to evaporation. In addition, you may experience fungal growth if you water your garden in the evening.
Use less electricity
Yeah, you read it right! Many power plants use thousands of litres of water to cool it down. So, if you use less electricity from now on, less water also needs to be wasted.