Spring is here!
Brighter days (and smiles!), BBQs, a quick trip to a nearby beaches, sandals and dresses all-day-every-day, kids playing in the garden, colourful cocktails, paddling pools… Wait! Paddling pools?
Paddling pools are family favourites however they are also one of the main causes of water waste in Ireland.
But because we are all about enjoying life (and bright sunny days!) without harming our planet, today we want to talk about how to avoid water waste during the brightest months of the year.
In general, we take water and water supply for granted when in fact supply is in high demand and of limited resource – did you know that only 0.3% of the Earth’s natural water can actually be used for human consumption?
Today, more than half of our daily water consumption at home originates from the bathroom and the toilet.
The good news is – water waste is something we can control... The bad news is – we need to get better at controlling water waste!
Let’s save water together, one drop at a time:
- TAP OFF! – Turning the water off when brushing your teeth is easy and the benefit is immense: by turning off the tap you can save up to 6 litres of water per minute.
- DOWN THE TOILET – Flush less and don’t use your toilet as a rubbish bin. Consider only flushing the toilet when you really need to.
- BATH? NAH… – Choose to have a shower rather than a bath as showers use only half the amount of water required for a bath.
- WAITING GAME – Don’t let water go down the drain while you are waiting for temperature to adjust when taking the bath. Get in there!
- TOP & TAIL – A good way to wash your little ones without putting them in the bath… and the plus side is that you save water.
- KITCHEN HACK – Do not use water to defrost foods. Make the most of the sun rays when defrosting your food.
- WASH IT – When washing clothes, make sure that you are washing full loads of laundry only. You are wasting a lot of water washing only half of a load. The same goes for your dishwasher…
- GARDEN – When watering the plants or your lawn, rainwater harvesting could prove to be beneficial to you. Consider it!
- SIPPING – Ask yourself “Am I going to drink that?” and only order water in a restaurant if you are going to actually drink it. Too many of us do it out of habit.
- CUPPA? – Don’t fill the kettle for the sake of it, only do it when you need it!
Water conservation is a must and everyone can play an important role, from a toddler learning how to brush her teeth to large businesses learning how to make and sell products in a more resource-aware manner.
It is essential that our water supply resources are conserved if we are to avoid restrictions and outages like the ones a lot of us faced a few years back.
Our planet will appreciate every drop (no pun intended - super intended!) of help.