Our spring sources only have low volumes of water that might not be enough for daily water consumption. With this, VCWD offers the following water saving tips from EcoWaste Coalition, an environmental watch group:
•Fix dripping tanks, pipes, faucets, showerheads, and hoses to prevent water loss.
•Turn off the tap while brushing your teeth, lathering with soap or shaving.
•Take shorter showers with a pail and dipper and use just enough water.
•Reuse towels a few times before putting them on the laundry basket.
•Collect used water from bathing and washing and reuse it to wash the car, clean the garage, maintain sidewalks, or flush the toilets.
•Place a brick or water-filled bottle inside the toilet tank to reduce water used in every flush and flush less.
•Collect water dripping from air conditioners and use the collected water for washing mops and rugs, flushing the toilet, or watering the plants
•Leave grass clippings on the lawn as this cools the ground and holds in moisture.
•Spread a layer of fallen/dried leaves or barks around plants and trees to retain water and reduce evaporation.
•Water the plants early in the morning or in the evening when temperature is cooler to minimize water loss.
•Refrain from using the washing machine if only washing a few clothes. Do full loads of laundry and use the right amount of detergent to avoid extra rinsing.
•Wash fruits and vegetables in a basin and not in running water; reuse the water for watering the plants.
•Save the rice wash for washing the dishes or watering plants.
•Steam vegetables instead of boiling to conserve water as well as preserve their nutrients.
•Thaw frozen meat in the refrigerator overnight, not on running water.
•Use fewer cooking and dining utensils and dishes to reduce water use for washing.
•Choose the proper pan and pot size for cooking as bigger ones may need more cooking water than required.
•Do not let the water run when washing the dishes; fill one basin with wash water and the other with rinse water.
•Soak dirty pans and pots first instead of scraping them in running water.
•Collect and store rainwater for daily chores.
We urge our customers to follow these tips. Moreover, kindly report to us immediately any form of leakages that you can observe in your surroundings. Let’s conserve water during this dry season.
Photo courtesy of Mr. March Twaine Lomongo