Heatwaves & Hoses – Saving Water in the Summer
Has anyone else noticed that it just doesn’t seem to rain that much anymore? I mean, it’s North Wales, not the Sahara, so we still get the occasional shower, but where is that non-stop rain that used to hammer down for weeks on end?
The relatively dry weather we have had so far this year combined with the Ibiza-like heatwave we are currently enjoying can only mean one thing, well, two things actually – water shortages and sunburn.
So, with water companies already warning of a drought this summer, what can we do over the next few months to save water and bring our usage down?
Saving Water in the Garden
In the warm weather, our gardens can get pretty thirsty, which usually leads to the hosepipe being dragged out of the garage for the first time in months. However, hosepipes are one of the biggest culprits when it comes to water wastage.
Here are a few tips to bring your garden water usage down.
- Fit a trigger nozzle onto the end of your hosepipe, so water isn’t running continuously.
- Use a watering can rather than a hose to save water and protect your plants from a drowning.
- Avoid using a pressure washer as much as possible as they use much more water than think. If you buy a pressure washer, make sure you buy a water-saving model.
- Install a water butt to make the most of the rain we do have. This can then be used to water the plants, wash the dog and whatever else.
- Try to avoid the use of sprinklers. Evaporation means sprinklers are actually a very inefficient way to water the garden. If your grass does become a little brown, this will simply build up resistance and help it recover more quickly after rain.
- Rather than washing your dirty bath water down the plughole, why not grab the watering can and water the plants? They won’t mind the dirty water, although it’s not recommended for your fruit and veg.
Saving Water in the Bathroom
Pretty much everything in the bathroom uses water, which means it is possible to reduce your usage quite significantly.
Our top tips include:
- Turn the tap off while you’re brushing your teeth. A running tap can waste as much as six litres of water a minute.
- Fix any leaky taps. A tap that drips just once every minute will waste 34 gallons of water over the course of a year.
- If you have a dual-flush toilet, always use the appropriate flush!
- Older toilets are much less water efficient. If you have an older toilet and don’t want to buy new, most water companies will be happy to provide you with a Cistern Displacement Device (CCD) for free. This is easy to fit and can save you up to three litres of water with every flush.
- Don’t take so long in the shower.
- Switch your showerhead to an aerated one. This will reduce the flow of water without compromising on the pressure.
- Baths use much more water than a shower, but if you do want a bath, filling it to just one inch less than you normally would can save up to five litres of water.
Saving Water in the Kitchen
With so many appliances, there are plenty of ways to reduce your water usage in the kitchen this summer…
- Make sure the dishwasher and washing machine are full before you put them on.
- Use the economy setting on your dishwasher and washing machine to reduce water and energy use.
- Don’t rinse the dishes before you put them in the dishwasher.
- When hand washing dishes, fill a bowl rather than running the tap.
- Rather than waiting for the water to run cold every time you want a drink, fill a bottle or jug that you keep in the fridge.
- Only fill your kettle with the water you need.
- When boiling water on the hob, put the lid on the saucepan to reduce evaporation.
And there you have it, a more water efficient household in a few simple steps!
If you have any water-saving tips you’d like to share, we’d love to hear them. You can post them on our Facebook page or email us.