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Wednesday, August 23, 2006

WATER IS PRECIOUS…. …SOME TIPS ON CONSERVATION

DO NOT WASTE – BE STINGY, RECYCLE
• Repair dripping faucets and leaky toilets. Dripping faucets can waste about 2,000 gallons of water each year. A leaking toilet can waste up to 20,000 litres of water per year
• Check the tanks and outdoor faucets/ pipes periodically for any leakage
• Switch off the motor before the tanks are completely full
• Close taps while brushing, shaving, scrubbing clothes, scouring dishes
• By keeping your shower under 5 minutes, you’ll save up to 4,500 litres a month
• Wash vegetables in a bowl of water not under the tap. Wash the cleanest vegetables first
• Water used for washing rice, vegetables can be used for plants or for flushing toilets
• Water used for bath can be reused for flush
• Encourage school children to pour the left over water from their bottles to plants
• Do not over water the lawn- water towards the evening or when it is less windy so that evaporation loss is minimal
• Use the mineral rich water of fish tank for plants
• Collect rain water in a tub to water plants
• To wash cars use water from a bucket and not a hosepipe – up to 300litre of water can be saved
• Use a broom, rather than a hose, to clean sidewalks and driveways
• Run the washing machine on full load / Select water level as per the wash load
• Defrost food in the refrigerator or in the microwave instead of running water
• Cook food in as little as possible. This will also retain more of the nutrients
• Drop tissue in the trash instead of flushing it and save gallons every time
• Install a toilet dam or bottle filled with water in your toilet tank to cut down on the amount of water used for each flush. Be sure these devices do not interfere with operating parts
• Bathe your pets outdoors in an area in need of water
EDUCATE
• Create awareness among your kids/ family members
• Teach maids water conservation
• Get your club to cover the swimming pool to cut evaporation loss by 90 percent.
• If you notice water being wasted anywhere, speak up!!
Become the “Brand Ambassador” for the cause of Water Conservation

8 comments:

The Kid said...

hey itchy (can I call you that?),

nice one. But I did not understand the ones about

1. toilet dam
2. How can we use water used for washing rice to flush the toilet ??? (Me going blank here...)

and hey,

Rainwater harvesting was really forced by Dr. JJ but no mention here!!

itchingtowrite said...

Hi Pratap
basically toilet dam is a bottle or a brick u place in teh flush tank so that it occupies space that would otherwise be occupied by water. this is for those cisterns that consume too much of water in a single flush.
point no 2- this is for indian type toilets - some people just pour water down the pan instead of flushing as the flushes consume too much water. & i was not aware of the name behind the RWH. thanks. more of that would be welcome.

Hip Grandma said...

This one was THE BEST.should be posted all over INDIA

vibhor said...

hi dear
im with grandma..ur blog should be posted to whole of india
may be we able to save two buckets daily...

The Visitor said...

I too am with g'ma :)

The Visitor said...

@ITW - I too thought that; I'm feeling guilty :(

mommyof2 said...

I don't know if it counts but I go to bathroom when my son(3years old) ask me to take him.. this way we use the toilet one time for both of us And many times a day:-)I guess we are saving the water;-)

Btw very nice blog.

itchingtowrite said...

hey m of 2- that's great- even I do that at times