Threre are two good reasons why we should conserve water. These are:
- When a customer conserves water, he/she will reduce the volume of water consumed in a month and ultimately reduce the monthly water bill. This means that a customer has saved some money which can be used on other household expenses.
- Additionally it entails that there will be more water in the network to supply more customers. In other words, there will be more water for everyone to use.
This is the main concern of many customers world over and several of them are benefitting by following the tips on water conservation
Check for and repair leaks
Check all water lines, plumbing system and taps for leaks. One way is to turn off all water taps in your house and read your meter. If the meter is moving, it means you have a leak
Check for toilet leaks
Once a year, check for toilet leaks. Remove the toilet tank cover and drip 10 drops of food colouring into the tank. After 15 minutes, check for color in the toilet bowl. If you see any colour, your toilet has a leak. And remember to check your flapper periodically to make sure it is a tight fit.
Don’t use the toilet as a wastebasket
Using a wastebasket instead of the toilet for tissues and other bits of trash will saveliters of water that are otherwise wasted
Install water saving shower heads
Low flow showerheads deliver 9.45 liters of water or less per minute and are relatively inexpensive. Older showerheads use 19.9 t0 26.49 liters per minute. The choice is yours.
Take shorter showers or take a bath
Simply taking shorter showers will save liters of water. For long exposures to the water, a partially filled bath instead of shower will use less water.
Turn off the water while shaving, brushing teeth
Don’t let the water run when you brush your teeth, wash your face or hands, or shave. When brushing your teeth use a glass or cup. If you are washing your face, hands or shaving use the wash basin
Use a tub or stopper for dishwashing
Don’t leave the water running to wash or rinse dishes. Presoak pots and pans and use minimal detergent so you don’t have to rinse as long.
Defrost food in the refridgerator
When defrosting food, plan ahead to thaw it in the refridgerator or microwave oven or keep frozen food outside the refridgerator or microwave oven or keep frozen food outside the refidgerator over night for use in the morning instead of defrosting under running water.
Water level for laundry machine washing
You can control the amount of water used by your clothes washers. Select the proper water level for each load of laundry. If buying a new washer, get one that uses the least water per load of wash. A front load washing machine uses 1/3 less water than a top loading machine.
Make a routine to wash all your dirty clothes at one time. Select a day in the week when you can do the laundry, for example Saturdays. Washing clothes in tit bits consumes more water and soap.
Report any leak on main water pipes
As a good citizen, report any leak you see on the main water pipes to ant nearest offices of Nkana Water and Sewerage Company. Usually vandal ism and theft of water installations lead to unnecessary water leaks Water leaks on main pipes cause disruption in water supply to customers. You may just be affected. So report leaks quickly
Don't use a horse pipe while washing the car
Park the car on the lawn, get the car wet, and then turn off the water while you soap the car down using a bucket of soapy water while on the flower bed or garden. Better yet, go to a commercial recycling is required.
Don’t water in the heat of the day
Water your plants in the early evening when it is cooler as it reduces the amount of water lost to evaporation
Use a broom to clean the driveway and side walk
Sweeping the driveway and sidewalk instead of hosing them off will get them clean enough without wasting liters of water
Limit you’re your lawn area to only what your family needs
Only maintain a lawn where it is going to be used. Instead, landscape with native plants. Weeds are water thieves and will rob your plants of water and nutrients. Spot spray or remove weeds as they appear.
Mow your lawns higher than normal
Longer leaf surfaces, 3 inches or more, promote deeper rooting and shade the root zone. Never remove more than 1/3 of the leaf blade in one mowing. Return mulched clippings to the lawn