Water is such a precious resource, especially in Australia where we live on one of the driest continents on Earth. A global study has found that Australians are the worst when it comes to water consumption, we use on average 341,000 litres of water per person each year!
I was absolutely shocked to find that it takes a whopping 25,700 litres of water to produce one days worth of food for a family of four, thats 9,354,800 litres per year! Lets see how we can reclaim that:
- If you reduced your shower time by a measly 3 minutes you would save 13,140 litres of water per year. Therefore if a family of four all did this that would total 52,560 litres of water saved each year.
- You could easily save another 7,000 litres of water per year just by changing one shower head to a water saving one. A leaking tap can loose 20,000 litres of water per year, so lets get onto those odd jobs and replace washers.
- Older toilets can use up to 18 litres of water per flush whereas newer toilets use between 3 to 4.5 litres. Lets break that down, if you flush 4 times a day thats 26,280 litres compared to 5,696 litres, a saving of 20,584 litres of water per year.
- Leaving the tap running whilst brushing your teeth can waste between 12 to 18 litres of water each time. If a family of four did this twice a day that’s 43,680 litres of water that could be easily saved each year.
So far we have saved an amazing 143,824 litres per year by taking some really simple steps. Now lets take a look at some other things we can do on a larger scale to reduce our usage:
- The days of the large nice green front lawn is over, as our population grows it becomes increasingly important to plant water wise gardens and utilise local community open spaces. If you plant a water wise garden made up of Australian native Fauna you will not only reduce water usage but you will help your hip pocket and free up more time for yourself to enjoy in the beautiful garden you have created.
- If you are building and considering wether or not to install a pool, consider a spa instead or utilising your local community pool. If you think about it, how much will you really use the pool? It is a costly exercise for you and the earth.
- Installing a rain water tank would capture natures nectar directly from its source, once again saving your hip pocket and providing you and your family with healthy natural water free from fluoride.
- Consider getting a plumber to redirect your greywater to your garden beds, eliminating the need to water your new water wise garden 😉
To see how you rate for water usage in your home follow the below link the Water Corporation website and use their water use calculation tool, you might be surprised at the results! http://www.watercorporation.com.au/save-water/water-use-calculator