Water Conservation: Ten Simple Rules

Water resources are scarce, and we need to preserve them for future generations. In fact, water conservation has nothing to do with saving money. For example, if every resident of a city of five million were to use ten liters of water less per day than they currently do, in just one year enough water would be saved to fill a pond 10 km in diameter and 5 meters deep.

Here are ten simple rules for effective water conservation that could help save enough water to fill a dozen of such ponds.

1. Fix or replace all leaking faucets. Remember: a single leaking faucet wastes 30 to 200 liters of water every day!

2. Turn the water off when brushing your teeth. It will help save up to 15 liters of water. Use a glass to rinse your mouth and toothbrush.

3. A lever faucet sets up the right temperature of water faster. In addition, it can “remember” your preferred settings.

4. Take a shower instead of a bath. A water-saving showerhead with a smaller sprinkler size will help you to conserve even more water.

5. A flush-stop or duoset system will save up to 10,000 liters a year per person.

6. Use a filled basin or a bathtub, but never running water to rinse your delicate laundry items. However, modern washing machines can handle delicate laundry too, and they waste less water.

7. Don’t let the water run the whole time as you wash the dishes. Fill a double sink with water. Use one side for washing and the other for rinsing. That way, you will not only contribute to water conservation, but also save on dishwashing liquid.

8. Use your dishwasher and washing machine only at full load.

9. Don’t thaw frozen food under tap water. Remember to move the food you are planning to cook from the freezer to the fridge in advance.

10. Aerators installed in your faucets reduce water consumption very simply, by mixing water with air, leaving the flow strong, but using less water.

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