Freshwater is a resource that is dwindling very fast and it’s high time we started giving some thought on how to conserve water at home. Although home is not the place where we might be spending most of the water (it is the industrial water that must worry us) but it can be a great start if we begin to conserve water at home because this will eventually percolate into the way we conserve water at offices, businesses, industries and farmlands.
Conserving water at home doesn’t necessarily mean using less water (although using less water can also help us conserve water and save it for our future generations), it means wasting less water. We waste lots of water and if somehow we can eliminate this wastage from our lifestyles we can save a considerable amount of water at home. Listed below are a few steps you can take in your day-to-day life to help us all conserve water on micro as well as macro level.
Don’t shower, use a bucket or a tub for bathing
Showering wastes lots of water and we don’t even realize it. You may think it is just tiny drops and sprinkles but actually lots of water is going waste when we keep the shower running for even a couple of minutes. Your shower sprinkles thousands of droplets in a second. To get an idea just tried to capture all those drops in a container and see how much water flows out in a minute.
On the other hand if you use a bucket or a tub the only water you are using is the one that you are actually using. Even with a tub you are wasting lots of water. The ideal way would be using buckets or containers made of wood, plastic or aluminium, putting water into it and then using a cup or a mug to pour the water on yourself. This way if you only require a couple of mugs to get yourself wet before putting soap, use only a couple of mugs. This way the flow of water is totally in your own hands, literally.
Don’t leave the tap running needlessly
Do you keep your tap running while brushing your teeth, shaving, or doing something that doesn’t require you to use water for the next 1 minute or more (or even less)? Why let the water flow when you don’t need it? It is just a matter of turning off the faucet. Even if you have to do something for 20 seconds it is better to develop a habit of turning off the tap while you’re doing something else. If you constantly need to wash your eraser while shaving even then you don’t need running water. You can store the water in a tumbler and keep using that in order to rinse off the hairy lather.
Get the leaking pipes repaired as soon as possible
With leaking pipes you can lose as much water as you may need to water a farm field even in a day. That is lots of water! Conduct a survey of all the water pipes running through your house and check exactly where water leaks out. This is just a small exercise but it can help you save water at home with massive implications. If you have a water bill, just imagine how much money you can save by simply repairing the leaking pipes.
Avoid using automated sprinklers in your garden
It can be great fun to water your plants and grass on your own using a simple hosepipe. When you water your plants with a hose pipe you can control exactly how much water you give to them. When you use an automated sprinkler most of the water is simply wasted because it falls on the leaves and then scatters around. When you manually water your plants you pour the water on the roots and this is where it matters the most.
Water your plants in the evening or at night
This way you don’t lose much water to evaporation. When you water your plants and grass when the day has just ended it is much cooler and your plants and grass get more time to absorb water before the water can evaporate. If you water your plants in the morning as soon as the sun begins to shine most of the water evaporates.
Do water harvesting
If you have ample space on the roof you can install water harvesting equipment that can capture water when it rains and store it in a container or an underground tank. Later on you can use this water for your plants and even for your swimming pool.
Do water recycling for your swimming pool
Swimming pools are great but they consume lots of water. Water in a swimming pool constantly flows in from one side and flows out from another. If this water is not being recycled then it goes waste. These days you can easily recycle your swimming pool water so that the same water can be used again and again over a long period of time, helping you conserve water to a great extent.
Teach your kids how to save and conserve water at home
It is very important you teach your kids how to conserve water at home because eventually they are going to grow up as sensitive citizens who are aware of their precious resources. Our generation and our previous generation has done little to conserve the flora and fauna and water for posterity but we can make a good beginning by making our kids more sensitive towards this life saving habit.
Do you know more ways we can conserve water at home? It will help everybody if you can share your thoughts in the comments section.