NI Water’s Top 10 water saving tips

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Friday, August 2nd, 2019
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NI Water is launching a new campaign calling on customers to be Smarter with their Water and to adopt lifelong habits to help protect the environment and look after our most precious of resources – water.

NI Water’s Environmental Outreach & Learning Officer, Anna Killen, explained how we can save water by looking at everyday habits and seeing where they can be changed, “We know there are some excellent examples of people saving water in their everyday lives, from turning off the tap when they brush their teeth, to washing clothes with a full load in a washing machine. 

 

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“We are calling for everyone to adopt these simple habits into their everyday lives. 

 “Waterbutts are also a great way to save water around the garden. A waterbutt collects rainwater and can be used for watering plants, filling ponds, washing windows and cars,” she added.

NI Water’s top ten water-saving tips include:

1. Turn off the tap when brushing your teeth – A running tap can use 6 litres of water per minute.
2. Shorten your shower – and save 7 litres of water a minute – that’s 14 bottles of water a minute! 

 

 

3. Car washing – wash your car with a bucket and sponge.
4. Use a watering can – a sprinkler can use as much as 1,000 litres of clean drinking water in a single hour; more than a family of four would use in a whole day. Why not reuse that water from the kids’ paddling pool and water the garden with it.
5. Use a bowl for washing vegetables – You can reduce water waste by using a bowl to wash and prepare your vegetables. Then you can use the water to rinse your recycling bin.
6. Make full use of your washing machine – Half load programmes on washing machines use more than half the water and energy of a full load, so wait until the machine is full before switching it on.

 

 

7. Turn off the tap – Simply turning off the tap while washing your hands or shaving can save over 6 litres of water every minute!
8. Fix leaking taps – A dripping tap can waste more than 60 litres of water per week.
9. Chill water in the fridge – Planning ahead means there is no need to run the water until it gets cold.
10. Fill the kettle with only as much water as you need – save water and energy.

Although our planet is covered in water, only 1% of it is actually drinkable so it is important we conserve water now for our future generation of water users.

More advice and tips can be found at www.niwater.com

 

 

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