25 Ways To Conserve Water

Categories: Rainwater Harvesting, Green

People use lots of water for drinking, cooking and washing but even more for producing things such as food, paper and cotton cloth. A water footprint is an indicator that looks at both the direct and indirect water use of a consumer or producer. The water footprint of an individual, community or business is defined as the total volume of freshwater that is used to produce the goods and services consumed by the individual or community or produced by the business.

Some facts and figures about water use

  • The production of one kilogram of beef requires 16 thousand litres of water.
  • To produce one cup of coffee, we need 140 litres of water.
  • The water footprint of China is about 700 cubic metre per year per capita. Only about seven percent of the Chinese water footprint falls outside China.
  • Japan with a footprint of 1150 cubic meter per year per capita, has about 65 percent of its total water footprint outside the borders of the country.
  • The USA's water footprint is 2500 cubic meter per year per capita.
  • The Indian water footprint ist 980 cubic meter per year per capita, with just 2 precent of its total water footprint outside the borders of the country.
  • The International Water Management Institute predicts that by 2025 in India alone, one in three people will live under “scarce water” conditions.

How to reduce your water footprint

Broadly speaking, you can reduce your direct water footprint by:

  • installing water saving toilets;
  • applying a water-saving showerhead;
  • turning off the tap while brushing your teeth;
  • using less water in the garden; and
  • not disposing of medicines, paints or other pollutants down the sink.

Water conservation is becoming more and more important. Believe it or not, but fresh water is one of our most vital and valuable resources, but fresh water is becoming more scarce. Too put it simply, we are using more fresh water, and the biosphere is producing less fresh water. 

Not to worry – there is hope! We can do our part in helping maintain the ecosystem. You can help conserve water in your area! Even if you are living in a well-hydrated region, these tips will help conserve water for a global impact. Every drop counts.

1. Fix Leaky Faucets to conserve water

Fix leaky faucets to conserve water

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Repair leaky faucets to conserve water.


2. Check Toilet Tanks to conserve water

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Make sure to check and fix faulty toilet tanks to conserve water. Also, to save water consumption ever time you flush, put something inside your tank – this could be a water bottle, or even a 2L soda. Anything to take up space so your tank uses less water.

3.  Take a shorter shower to conserve water

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Limit your shower time to under 10 minutes. Do what you need to do, then get out. If showering is a relaxing experience for you, try cutting the time in half, or limit the hour long retreat to just once a week.

4. Use greywater to conserve water

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Install a greywater system. Greywater is runoff from your gently used water, and repurposed on the plants. Please note, gently used water is anything from within the house that is NOT connected to your sewer system. Toilet water is not grey water. A lot of greywater isn’t even seen, it goes straight into the soil.

Click here to learn more about gray water.

5. Tightly turn off your faucets to conserve water

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Get into the habit of turning the faucet tightly. This will ensure that no drips escape, and alert the pipes that this valve is closed.

6. Wash fruits and vegetables in a basin to conserve water

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Instead of using running water, wash your fruits and vegetables in a basin. Same thing when washing your hands. The water will still work effectively, and you will use much less of it. Bonus points if you use this water again to water your plants!

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