Water is not an endless resource, even though most people seem to think that it is. Thanks to a burgeoning population, climate change and a growing need for water from the energy, manufacture and agricultural sectors, there is a growing need to conserve this precious of all resources.
Fortunately, more individuals are realising that we can no longer leave things up to our respective governments but all need to do our bit to save water. This includes treating all water with respect, not polluting it, and not wasting it either.
Conserving water is actually not difficult to do at all and with just a bit of innovative thinking and effort we can all do so, ensuring that there is sufficient fresh water for future generations.
Quick Water-Saving Tips
- Collect and use rainwater to water your garden
- Create a water-wise garden by planting only low water-use plants;
- Do not purchase recreational water toys that require a constant flow of water;
- Encourage your children’s school to develop and promote water saving conservation;
- Equip your swimming pools, fountains, and ponds with recirculating pumps;
- Install water-saving aerators on all of your taps;
- Only wash full loads in dishwashers and washing machines;
- Place a toilet dam, brick or bottle filled with water in your toilet tank to cut down on the amount of water used for each flush;
- Replace most of your lawn with something that does not require watering;
- Use a bucket and a cloth to wash your car instead of the hose; alternatively, use a commercial car wash that recycles water;
- Use a rain gauge to track how much rain or irrigation your garden gets; and
- Water your plants using a bucket instead of the hose.
Make a family game of coming up with new water-conservation ideas; if children feel part of it and have fun doing it they are far more likely to conserve water as well.