Save Water Not Because It's World Water Day, But It's Your Day!
A water shortage isn’t something new. Every year, with the onset of summer, taps go dry in several cities across the country as the demand for water rises.There is no doubt that we are running out of fresh water, But we are not running out of water itself. The nature of this planet and the water cycle make it a pretty closed system.
All the water on the planet simply cycles and moves very slowly to new places, moving from ice to seawater to clouds to rain to underground springs to rivers and so on.The trouble is that we have disrupted the water cycle by paving and plowing everything, heating everything up with our smog, and wasting so much water on incredibly inefficient uses, that we are simply running out of fresh water. So on this World Water Day, We are presenting 9 of those simple, yet useful hacks to preserve water in a smarter way.
1. Flush less often
If you're one of those people who guzzle water like their life depends on it, compensate by not flushing every time you go pee-pee. Every alternate time should do it.
Those lids on the pot serve a purpose, you know. And if you're a little too fussy, just pour a mug of water after going pee-pee, instead of flushing.
2. Use the right flush
Even though it's really common sense, if you notice your flush's push-button, you'd see a difference in sizes. The smaller one if half-flush, the big one is full-flush. So, every time you pee (and not poop), press the smaller one, please!
And if you don't have the right flush installed yet, call the plumber, NOW!
3. Low-flow shower heads
Everyone enjoys long showers. But when it comes to the health of the planet, we think enjoyment can be given up on for a bit, don't you think? So, besides cutting short your shower-time, also get these modern low-flow show heads installed. They basically let lesser water out of those tiny holes. In Addition to this, If you are taking a hot shower, don’t waste the cold water that comes before the warm water. Store it and use it later to water your plants, or to clean your house.
4. Reuse that pasta water
How often do you cook pasta? Once or twice a week? How much water do you waste when you drain the water--after boiling the pasta--out? At twice a week, that'll be more than 5 litres. An average person's everyday consumption of water is 2.5 litres.
So, instead of throwing this down the drain, use it to maybe water your plants.
5. Rinse your mouth with a glass of water
After brushing your teeth, use a glass of water to rinse your mouth instead of using running water to clean the toothbrush or rinse your mouth. Likewise, men can rinse their razor in a mug of water rather than under running water.
6. Only wash a full load in your washing machine
This one's a no-brainer, really. If your washing machine offers a water-saving setting, always choose that. If not, be sure to at least do a full load every time.
7. Wash your car only once a week
As much as you love your wheels, don't go crazy with water-cleaning it. Even if your car gets a bit dirty from the outside, we assure you, you're not going to die of it. Keep the water-cleaning to once a week, please, and use a dry/wet cloth on other days. And Using buckets can reduce water consumption in cleaning cars by 70%.
8. Reduce Water Consumption in the Kitchen
- Avoid defrosting fish, chicken or meat in running water: Instead, let them thaw naturally by keeping them in the fridge overnight or just keep them out in a plate till they get to room temperature (this will also help cool your kitchen). Given the way temperatures are rising this summer, the fish/chicken/meat is sure to defrost quickly
- Instead of using running water to wash vegetables, place a basin or large pot in your sink, fill it with water, dunk your vegetables in it and rub them till they are clean. Vegetables with ragged surface like bitter gourds, cauliflower etc need to be soaked in water for at least 20 mins and rubbed more thoroughly before being taken out of the water. Use the water to flush the toilet or water plants.
- If you accidentally drop ice cubes on the floor, put them in a potted plant instead of in the sink.
- Give your houseplants some extra nourishment by recycling the water you use to wash your fruits, rice, dal etc.
- Closing taps and faucets tightly after use may sound like old advice but it’s really the most important one.
- Water your garden in the morning to prevent water loss due to evaporation. Also, don’t water your garden when it’s windy outside – the wind speeds up the process of evaporation. 9. Water-Wise Gardening
- Use biodegradable cleaners as disinfectants while mopping the house – this water can be used to water the plants instead of being poured into drains.
- A great DIY option is using a simple mix of white vinegar and water for mop. There’s no need to rinse, and the vinegar smell dissipates as the floors dry. The vinegar also acts as a mild disinfectant and leaves a nice shine. This can then be used to water acid-loving plants like azaleas, rhododendrons, petunias, hydrangeas, gardenias and even tomatoes.
- Instead of using soap water to clean your fridge, use a little baking soda or vinegar to remove those strange smells coming from your fridge. Baking soda also works as a great odor-eliminator for your carpet – just sprinkle some on the carpet, leave it for a while to do its work and then vacuum it up.