ENVIRONMENT | April 20, 2020

TIPS FOR CLEAN WATER

10 ways clean water changes the world.

Making a difference is easier than you might think.

 

1. SAVE TIME. SAVE WATER.
Cut just 3 minutes from your usual shower time, and you can save 22.7 litres of water. If you shower daily, you could save 8.290 litres of water a year!

 

2. PREVENT POLLUTION.
Buy organic produce—because runoff from traditional farms can pollute water. Also recycle electronics, appliances, fluorescent light bulbs, silver batteries and paint—to help keep pollutants out to the water supply.

 

3. PICK GREAT PLANTS.
Choose native plants instead of traditional grass lawn because they don't require herbicides, pesticides and fertilisers that can pollute water.

 

4. MAKE MEALS MEATLESS.
Skip meat one day a week and save hundreds of litres of water! It takes 6,965 litres of water to produce just 0.5 kg of meat.

 

5. COMPOST TO CONSERVE.
Compost fruit and vegetable peelings and waste instead of using the garbage disposal. You'll save litres of water each time!

 

6. BRUSH BETTER.
If you turn off the faucet while brushing you can save about 106 litres in a week.

 

7. FILL UP TO CUT DOWN.
Make sure your washing machine and dishwasher are filled to capacity before running them—to cut energy and water use. You can save even more by air-drying your clothes on a clothesline.

 

8. PLANT ICE.
Place ice cubes under the moss or dirt of your potted plants and hanging baskets to give your plants a cool drink that won't overflow or waste water. Use leftover ice from your drinks instead of wasting it.

 

9. SKIP THE BOTTLED WATER.
It takes three times as much water to make the bottle as it does to fill it! Carry a refillable water bottle instead.

 

10 SAVE ELECTRICITY—AND WATER.
It takes about 7.6 litres of fresh water to generate each kilowatt-hour of traditional electricity. So turn it off if you're not using it.