Bathing and showering: Opting to take a shower over
a bath can save up to 50% of the water you use. A bath
consumes 80 – 100 litres of water whereas a shower
consumes 40 – 50 litres of water.
Families with children, particularly in periods of water
choose to share a bath.
Toilets use up to 15 liters of water in one flush. Water
can be saved by:-
(a) Installing a dual flushing toilet, or
(b) Placing ½ a brick in the cistern to decrease
its water holding capacity.
It is important to attend to water leaks in the toilet
as quickly as possible.
Water–saving devices can be installed on taps
to reduce the consumption
Taps should be turned off while hands are washed and/or
teeth being brushed and only turned on again for rinsing
Leaking taps, dripping shower heads, broken washers,
etc. should be attended to a.s.a.p. Alternatively, a
bucket should be placed under the leak to catch the
water for its re-use elsewhere in the home/garden until
such a time as the leak can be fixed.
Homeowners etc should be encouraged to mulch their gardens
in an attempt to increase the moisture content of the
soil and reduce the evaporation levels off the soil.
Gardeners should be encouraged to water the garden in
the early morning or the early evening to prevent evaporation
rates during the day (evaporation peaks between 10am
Homeowners etc should be encouraged to use readily available
biodegradable cleaning products that have no adverse
affects on the quality of the water which can then be
used to irrigate plants, herb gardens, potted plants,
lawns etc. There are a number of readily available products
around such as the Pick & Pay Green range, Enchantrix,
Clothes washing/Washing machines
Opting to wear hardwearing articles of clothing (such
as jeans, jerseys, etc) more than once before placing
them in the wash basket can assist in reducing water
Washing machines can be placed on low/minimum and energy
saving cycles rather than on full cycles – this
saves the household on both water and energy consumption.
Biodegradable products are also available that can allow
for the water to be re-used in the garden, around the
Car owners should get accustomed to using a bucket of
water rather than a hosepipe to clean their vehicles
- and not simply in periods of water restrictions and