Experiencing a drought is tough for all living things. When a water shortage lasts for quite a long period of time, it isn’t just humans that suffer, but animals too. Luckily, we are created with high level of adaptability that allows us to easily adjust to whatever situation we face. During a drought, we are generally well aware of the scarcity of water so we can take steps to reduce our consumption and make the future easier for ourselves.
Here are some simple tips on saving water for the future:
- Remember to turn off all taps and showers after use – By turning them off properly, it will stop wastage through slow dripping. Each small drop adds up to an enormous amount over time. Remember every drop counts.
- Check your water pipes for any leakages – Even a small leak can dramatically reduce your water supply. Take the time to check your pipes to ensure that no water is being wasted. If there is a leak, contact a plumber to fix it as soon as possible.
- Do use low flow shower heads instead of regular shower heads – This type of shower head controls pressure and minimizes water wastage.
- Gather the water from the rain in a container – Rainwater is free, might as well take advantage of it while you can. Before a drought, you can start collecting rain water and you can use it for various household cleaning activities, washing your car and even watering your plants. It’s even better if you have a water tank connected to your roof to collect the water.
- Wash your car with a bucket and sponge – Don’t use a running hose, use a bucket filled with enough water (rain water is preferable) then wash your car thoroughly with the use of a sponge. A running hose can waste countless litres of water.
- Personally hand water your plants in the garden – Instead of using sprinklers or a hose to watering the plants, it is better to hand water them. Hand water at the base part of the plants, not on the top of the leaves. Through this method, more water will get to the plants and less will be wasted through evaporation and bad aim.
- Brush your teeth with a glass of water and don’t leave the tap running – Letting the water run from the tap wastes water. When brushing, it is far better to use a glass of water for rinsing instead of running the tap.
- Wash your vegetables and fruits in a bowl, not under a running tap – You can thoroughly wash the vegetables and fruits when you put them in a basin filled with water. Running the tap is unnecessary and wasteful.
- Store water in the refrigerator instead of drinking from the tap – Most people tend to drink water by turning on the tap and let the water run. Better to store water in the fridge, a pour out only what you need, when you need it.
- When using a bath tub, just fill it with water half way – you can save huge amount of water when the bath tub is not filled to the brim.
Help save water by following these tips. Learn to trim down unnecessary usage so that water can be used to its full extent.