We're Going Down The Drain...
Now that we're on the brink of Level 3 Water Restrictions, we need to start being even more water-wise than ever. The water supply as of today (17th February 2006) is 32.79% and the further restrictions will be implemented once it's down to 30%. I think some people just aren't getting the message, or not realising the significance of water conservation in these times. Just yesterday I saw a woman hosing leaves off her driveway... she could have easily used a broom but either lack of initiative or just sheer laziness caused her to do otherwise.
- Turn off the shower to use shampoo and conditioner when washing your hair (been in practice from a very young age)
- Turn off the shower to use the soap or alternative cleaning product (mum taught us to make us do this after we put conditioner in our hair as it's meant to set for a few minutes before rinsing).
- Turn off the tap when brushing your teeth (I think everyone knows this - or should!).
- When washing dishes, avoid opening the tap fully - it wastes far too much water! Instead keep it on a medium to low stream (depending on what it is you are washing). Or even better (for when you have several dishes and cutlery), when washing dishes by hand, don't let the water run while rinsing; fill one sink with wash water and the other with rinse water.
- Soak your pots, pans and other kitchen utensils instead of letting the water run while you scrape them clean.
There's also heaps of other things you can do including installing a dual-flush system for your toilets, installing a water-saving shower head, not running the dishwasher (if you really need to use one) unless it's full. You can find out more here.
A few reasons why you should save water:
- Spend two minutes less in the shower (not just one-off, you need to be consistent! ) and you'll save 425 litres a month.
- Turning off the water while you shampoo and condition your hair and you can save more than 180 litres a week (if you have hair like mine, it will save you even more!).
- Turning off the water while you brush your teeth will save an average of 94 litres a week for a family of 4.
- For those with a swimming pool, cover it to keep it clean and you can reduce evaporation losses by up to 90 per cent.
- Not only will you be making a difference to our water reserves, it will save you some money!
Please consider all the little things you can do to make a difference today. Tomorrow depends on it.
(That's the Water Forever slogan!)
Southern Star, Wednesday February 15 2006
For More Information:
Visit Water Forever - there are statistics, water restriction details and a full list of water-saving tips.