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By Eloise Evans on 27/04/2017
Water conservation is an important factor of everyday life. It doesn’t just help your energy bills at the end of the month, but it also helps you and the environment. It helps by:
- Protecting drinking water resources
- Reducing the need for new wastewater treatment facilities
- Reducing your monthly energy usage
- Minimising pollution and health problems
- Saving the aquatic environment
- Saving the energy used to heat, treat and pump water
- Helping to prepare for emergency situations like drought and water contamination
As you can see, water conservation is an important part of life – that’s why Drain Doctor has decided to do a four-part mini blog series on how you can save water easily, every single day!
In the first part of this series, we wanted to look at the place where you use the most water in the house, and of course, we have to start in the bathroom. Pretty much everything in the bathroom uses water; the toilet, sink, shower and bath all use lots of water every single day, which means you can also save lots of water every single day. Below are some tips to help you save water in the bathroom.
- When brushing your teeth, try turning the tap off when you’re not using it. A running can waste over 6 litres of water per minute.
- If you ever find you have a leaky tap, get it fixed as soon as possible. A tap that leaks one drip every minute wastes 34 gallons of water in a year. A dripping tap doesn’t benefit anyone, get it fixed.
- About 30% of total water used in a household is through flushing your toilet, so it’s important that you save as much water as you can. An easy way to do this is to purchase a water efficient toilet which reduces water usage by over 7 litres each flush! With a dual flush toilet, you have the choice of how much water you want to use.
- A slow leak in a toilet can waste lots of water without you ever noticing that you have one. To see if you have one, simply add a few drops of food colouring to your toilet tank and don’t flush for about an hour. If the colouring is present in the bowl, then you have a slow leak. If this is the case, give a local plumber a call and they will be able to sort this for you.
- Older toilets are much less efficient, and if you don’t want to replace your whole toilet, there is an easy and usually free way to help reduce water wastage each flush. Most water companies are happy to provide you with a Cistern Displacement Device (CDD) for free. A CDD is really easy to fit and can save up to three litres of water every flush. It simply sits in your toilet tank and fills with water – when you flush, the water that is in the CDD will stay in the bag and will not flush away with the rest of the water. And don’t worry, they are fitted with a small hole at the bottom so that the water doesn’t become stagnant.
- You should never be flushing anything down the toilet other than the three P’s (pee, poo and paper) because they can damage and block your plumbing which leads to lots of other problems. However, we’re looking at water conservation today. By not flushing things like cotton wool or wet wipes down the toilet, and instead, putting them in the bin can save the unnecessary flushes used to dispose of these.
- Water conservation in the shower not only helps your water bill but will also save money on your other energy bills as it reduced the energy used to heat the water. The most obvious way to cut down on water waste in the shower is to have a shorter shower. It’s hard to keep track of time whilst you’re in the shower, so an easy way to help with this is to get a shower timer. If everyone used a shower timer, we would be able to supply 1 million homes with water every day.
- Another way to help to reduce water waste in the shower is to switch your showerhead to a more efficient one. An aerated showerhead reduces the flow whilst not compromising on the pressure – they simply add air into the water spray so there is still plenty of pressure. A low-flow showerhead will also reduce the amount of water used whilst still feeling like a normal shower.
- Having a bath will typically use much more water than having a shower. If you simply fill your bath to an inch shorter than you usually would, you can save an average of 5 litres of water!
- Another really simple way to save water when running a bath is to reuse your bath water to water your houseplants or garden.
All of these small changes to your bathroom can help you reduce your water usage every single day. Don’t forget that water conservation is so important to yourself and the environment and every little thing you do, no matter how small, will always help!
If you need any help with reducing your water usage, why not give your local Drain Doctor a call and see how we can help you.
Make sure to come back next week where we will be looking at how you can save water in your kitchen!
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