Water saving during a shortage

We can’t take our freshwater resources for granted. There are loads of things you can do around the home to help save water during a shortage.water

  1. When washing dishes by hand, don't let the water run while rinsing. Use one sink for wash water and the other for rinsing.
  2. Shorten your shower by a minute or two and you'll save up to 650 litres per month.
  3. Bathe your young children together.
  4. Run your clothes washer and dishwasher only when they are full. 
  5. Turn off the water while you wash your hair to save another 650 litres a month.
  6. Use the garbage disposal sparingly. Compost vegetable food waste instead and save litres every time.
  7. For cold drinks keep a bottle of water in the refrigerator instead of running the tap. This way, every drop goes down you and not the drain.
  8. Turn off the water while you shave and save up to 1500 litres a month.
  9. Keep a bucket in the shower to catch water as it warms up or runs. Use this water to flush toilets or water plants.
  10. When you are washing your hands, don't let the water run while you lather
  11. If your shower fills a 10 litre bucket in less than a minute, replace the showerhead with a water-efficient model.
  12. Collect the water you use for rinsing fruits and vegetables, then reuse it to water houseplants.
  13. We're more likely to notice leaks indoors, but don't forget to check outdoor faucets, sprinklers and hoses for leaks.
  14. Use the half flush on the toilet or consider upgrading older toilets to dual flush models (you can also add a 'gizmo' or lead weight to the plunger on older toilets).
  15. Put food coloring in your toilet tank. If it seeps into the toilet bowl without flushing, you have a leak. 
  16. Don't use running water to thaw food. Defrost food in the refrigerator for water efficiency and food safety.
  17. Turn off the water while brushing your teeth and save 100 litres a month.

Click on Water issues in Tahuna and Te Poito see a news item on the recent shortages in the district.