Saving Water – Think Global, Act Local

We’ve all heard the scare stories. Water is running out and we are the cause of it. It seems strange considering water is one of the most abundant chemical compounds on the planet, however fresh, potable water is in serious decline. While there is an excess of saline, polluted and now even radioactive waters encircling the planet, there is limited fresh water and each day it is reduced.

Amidst growing concerns from the public both governmental organizations and private enterprise have taken on leadership roles in an effort to protect and save the planet before it’s too late. Have we already reached tipping point? Are we destined to a dry, waterless future? Only time will tell but we can, as individuals, do our part to reduce our own consumption and help our future selves and future generations too.

We spoke with the owner of Citi Plumbing who knows a thing or two about water conservation and management. Having worked in the industry with a large team of plumbers and countless contractors over the years, Nathan sees what works and what doesn’t on a daily basis. “As professionals working in the plumbing industry we’re dealing with water all day, every day. Reducing wastage has always been an issue, but never more so than over the last few years. People are really starting to change their bad habits and think about conservation for the future.”

Not only is saving water good for the planet, it’s also saves you money. Who wouldn’t like a reduced water bill each month? After a quick chat with some of the Citi Plumbing plumbers, Nathan came up with a few quick tips to help the general public reduce their water usage and help themselves and the environment. Here is a list of some things you can do yourself to make the future a better place to live.

#1 Install a Rainwater Tank

Rainwater tanks can be a godsend during a drought, but it’s not until we are actually running out of water than people really think about installing them. Over the last half decade prices for rainwater tanks have fallen dramatically, and new tanks can be purchased at a fraction of what they cost ten years ago.

If you are really on a budget you can always find second hand tanks on eBay or Gumtree that you install for minimal cost. The savings on water alone will help pay the tank off within only a few years, if that.

#2 Learn how to Change a Washer on a Tap

If you have leaky or dripping taps, learn how to change a washer yourself and fix them. Leaking taps waste a significant amount of water as they a continually dripping, so as soon as one starts, if you have the know-how, you should replace the washer.

Don’t make excuses like “I can’t afford a plumber”. Get online, watch some videos on how to change a washer (it’s really simple even though plumbers will charge a minimum of $80 to do it) and do it! Once you’ve done it you’ll be surprised at just how easy it is, and you’ll wonder why you didn’t learn sooner.

#3 Get a Water-Saving Shower Head

Showers and Toilets use the most water out of anything inside your home. Install a water-saving shower head to reduce how much water gets washed down your drain each day. If you want to see just how much water you’re using in the shower, put your bath plug in while you shower or block up the drain one day while in there. You’ll soon see just how much wastage there is!

Installing a shower head isn’t an extremely technical job, if you don’t have the plumbing skills to do it yourself, call in a handyman or ask a neighbour or a friend for 10 minutes of their time. Calling a qualified plumber in to do the job will include a call-out fee and probably cost you close to $100 for a very quick job.

If you follow these plumbing tips, you’ll be doing your part in keeping the planet in better order for the future. While you may not think that you can have an impact, if everybody does their little part to conserve water it can have a huge impact on the overall system. Do your bit and spread the word about water conservation and management to friends and family too, and really make a difference!