Water is one of the world’s most precious resources, an essential for human surivial and yet it’s something that we often take for granted in the modern world. As well as this, it is a resource that is increasingly under pressure as a result of urbanisation and continued population growth. As a knock on affect, climate change and the natural variations that this causes are aggravating the problem further. Public awareness of this issue is growing we are pleased to say, however there is still a long way to go as well as necessary changes to water policy that need to be made to manage our water resources better.
At Ferrovial we recognise the importance of water and are involved in a number of projects across the globe to help improve access to water. In addition to this, every year on the 22nd of March we celebrate World Water Day which highlights the importance of fresh water, encouraging sustainable management of freshwater resources.
Big businesses are important to driving changes in water management however as individuals we can also make a difference by being more careful about how we use water at home. With this in mind, we got our thinking cap on and compiled a list of our top tips for saving water at home. Have a read and if you think of any others be sure to send them our way!
How can I save water at home?
In the kitchen
- Cover saucepans with a lid to reduce the amount of water lost, this will also help to cook your food quicker. Steaming your food is also a more healthy way of cooking as it retains more nutrients.
- When you’re making a cup of tea or coffee, make sure to only fill the kettle up with the water you require, this will save both water and energy.
- Fill a jug with tap water and place this in your fridge to cool, this will avoid leaving the tap running for the water to run cold when filling your glass up.
- Always use full loads when loading the dishwasher and washing machine to save on unnecessary washes. The majority of people don’t fill their machine to the maximum capacity so next time you’re doing the laundry cram a fex extra t-shirts in and get the most out of your wash!
In the bathroom
- Make sure that you turn off the tap when brushing your teeth – this wastes around 6 litres of water per minute.
- Put a cistern displacement device in your toilet cistern to reduce the volume of water that is used in each flush. You can get in touch with your water provider to get one of these for your loo.
- Take a shower not a bath and be careful about how much time you spend showering, don’t get carried away singing your heart out in the shower!
In the garden
- Make the most of the water you have and catch rainwater. Installing a water butt will save you from turning on the tap. You can also cut water by watering your plants instead of using a hosepipe. A hosepipe uses 1,000 litres of water an hour!
- Garden at the right time of day. The best time of day to water outdoor plants is early in the morning or right at the end of the day to prevent the water from immediately evaporating in the sunlight.
Do you have any other tips on how to save water at home? Leave us a comment here or tweet us them at @ferrovial
Saving water is just one of the ways that you can help the planet. Get more tips from the Ferrovial team in this video: