With the current hot weather bathing the UK in beautiful sunshine, the downside is that are times when water is in short supply, so it’s important that we know what to do to help ease the pressure and help with water conservation.
Although some may assume that there is always plenty of water to go around, in times of trouble, this assumption could mean that more problems are caused.
However, we shouldn’t just be looking to be more frugal with water when the worst-case scenario occurs but looking to be more conservative with water as part of our lifestyle.
Don’t worry, this doesn’t mean a slew of sacrifices have to be made, but a few different approaches can go a long way to help water conservation supplies moving forward.
Turn Off the Tap When Brushing Your Teeth
Turning on the tap when brushing your teeth can often be part of the night-time routine, but simply turning the tap off instead of leaving it running can help save an astonishing six litres of water a minute. If you have a family, it can be worthwhile encouraging others to do the same.
Change the Way You Shower
Regardless of whether its first thing in the morning or after a long day at work, a shower can be just the ticket to feeling refreshed. However, the longer we stay in the shower, the more water we end up using. As such, simply cutting the time we’re in the shower, even by a couple of minutes, can help conserve water moving forwards.
There are even shower heads and regulators that can help reduce water consumption, which can also help achieve lower utility bills.
Use Full Loads in Appliances
When using appliances like washing machines and dishwashers, some of us may think nothing of just washing a shirt for week or turning on the dishwasher to wash a couple of items. However, ensuring that we full up appliances before flicking the switch means that we’re using less water as a result.
If you only have a garment to wash, then it may be wise to consider handwashing. Similarly, if you’re only looking to wash a couple of dinner plates, then it will be more frugal to use the sink as opposed to the dishwasher.
Use a Watering Can Instead of a Hosepipe
When times are hard, many will notice that the hosepipe is the first thing people stop using. However, we shouldn’t be using a hosepipe or sprinklers where other approaches are more beneficial, and in most instances, easier to use.
The use of a watering can not only ensure that you’re using less water, but it also ensures that all your plants are getting the water they need, without being damaged by water pressure.
As you can see, a few simple changes in the way we use water can help with water conservation moving forward. However, there will be times when the reason why water consumption is so high is because of defects in the home such as burst pipes and leaking taps.
As such, you should enlist the services of a professional as soon as possible. This will help ensure water is not wasted, but more importantly, will ensure that no further damage is incurred.