Today is the UNs world water day. Here in the often rainy UK we can sometimes get sick of the sight of water, and it is easy to forget that having easy access to clean drinking water is privilege.
Although it has been predicted that due to climate change and population we too may be suffering severe water shortages in 25 years.
Easy to take for granted, but not easy to live without here are few tips for helping to look after our water.
- An oldie but a goody - don't leave the water running when brushing your teeth.
- Watch the chemicals - Cleaning and laundry chemicals washed down the drains are harmful to waterways and water creatures, not easy and not always removed by water plants. Switch to more natural products and biodegradable cleaning /laundry products
- Clothes. A new pair of jeans takes about 10,800L of water to make, from growing the cotton to finished product. And 2,700L to grow the cotton for one T-shirt (thats about the same as a person would drink in 2.5 years.) Buy clothes that will last, or pre-loved clothes, reuse and recycle your old clothes.
- Install a water butt to collect water to water your garden and home grown veggies.
- Take your own water bottle. Not only is this cutting down on plastic waste, but water waste too! It can take almost 3x as much water to make a plastic water bottle as the bottle holds.- Water with a watering can instead of a hosepipe. Also water in the evenings will reduce evaporation and mean your plants get to use more of the water
- repurpose an old plastic water bottle or two (depending on size) by filling up with water and placing in your toilet cistern. If you don’t have any you can get water displacement devices from your water provider.
- Always try to run your washing machine or dishwaher with a full load. (Although don’t overfill your washing machine...i know, lifes all about balance though, right?!)
- Always fix a dripping tap. A dripping tap is not only annoying is you can hear it, it can waste 15L of water a day.
- Reuse water from boiling eggs (when its cool!) and cleaning out fish tanks to water house plants, it will have lots of extra nutrients
Phew. All that typing's made me thirsty!