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.
- When washing dishes by hand, don't let the water run while rinsing. Use one sink for wash water and the other for rinsing.
- Shorten your shower by a minute or two and you'll save up to 650 litres per month.
- Bathe your young children together.
- Run your clothes washer and dishwasher only when they are full.
- Turn off the water while you wash your hair to save another 650 litres a month.
- Use the garbage disposal sparingly. Compost vegetable food waste instead and save litres every time.
- 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.
- Turn off the water while you shave and save up to 1500 litres a month.
- Keep a bucket in the shower to catch water as it warms up or runs. Use this water to flush toilets or water plants.
- When you are washing your hands, don't let the water run while you lather
- If your shower fills a 10 litre bucket in less than a minute, replace the showerhead with a water-efficient model.
- Collect the water you use for rinsing fruits and vegetables, then reuse it to water houseplants.
- We're more likely to notice leaks indoors, but don't forget to check outdoor faucets, sprinklers and hoses for leaks.
- 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).
- Put food coloring in your toilet tank. If it seeps into the toilet bowl without flushing, you have a leak.
- Don't use running water to thaw food. Defrost food in the refrigerator for water efficiency and food safety.
- 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.