Water Conservation: Simple Steps that Everyone Can Take Everyday!
Simple steps to save water in everyday life.
As Urbanisation is happening at a faster pace there is a growing demand for water. Cities across the world are already facing water shortages because of urbanisation and climate change. The answer to this problem is awareness about water conservation.
Water conservation is a critical issue worldwide, and it is imperative that everyone plays their part in preserving this vital resource. As a flat owner, you can contribute to water conservation efforts by implementing simple yet effective ideas to save water. At Crest, we look at energy and water conservation as one of the very important aspects of facility management. Not only energy and water is expensive but limited. While as a leading facility management company in India, we are continuously making our team work on specific conservation and optimisation of energy and water usage targets, we create awareness campaigns for our customers across commercial, residential, and industrial complexes to use water wisely. Below are some of the simple steps that can be taken by end users to make a difference in water conservation.
Fix Leaks and Drips
You will be surprised to know that as per research done on water wastage, up to 14% of water is wasted just because there is a leaking tap or leakage in the supply system. A little leak may annually waste millions of gallons of water. We can easily check our taps, showerheads, and other water fixtures for any leaks or drips. Fixing these leaks can help you save a significant amount of water and reduce your water bills.
Install Low-Flow Fixtures
Low-flow fixtures like showerheads, taps, and toilets are designed to use less water than standard fixtures without compromising performance. By replacing your old fixtures with low-flow alternatives, you can reduce your water usage by up to 60%.
Use a Bucket in the Shower
We are not anti-shower. The use of a shower is a lifestyle and cannot be replaced by using a bucket. However, while waiting for your shower to warm up, collect the cold water in a bucket. You can use this water to water your plants, clean your floors, or flush your toilet. This simple idea can save up to 10 liters of water per shower.
Don't Let the Tap Run While Brushing Your Teeth
Leaving the tap running while brushing your teeth is one of the most common ways we waste water. Up to 6 liters of water per minute can be saved by turning off the tap while brushing your teeth. Remember this and you will be able to make a daily contribution for saving water. This is a positive emotional booster for the day and everyday, isn't it?
Wash Full Loads of Laundry and Dishes
We encourage use of dishwashers as typically it uses only 2% of total water requirement for a household versus 4% for hand wash. However, running half-empty washing machines and dishwashers wastes a considerable amount of water and energy. Wait until you have a full load of laundry or dishes before running your machine to maximize its efficiency.
Replace Faucet Aerators and Use of Mist Nozzles
Have you noticed that your faucet now is free flowing like a waterfall versus smooth frothy water flow? This happens when the “aerator” device (which is white color with multiple small holes) is now broken and water is free flowing. When this is happening you are wasting. Just by adding Aerator back in the faucet you again start saving almost 45% water by reducing water flow. Further, there are “Mist Nozzles” widely available online and in hardware shops, these devices are concentrated mist generators which also saves water in a big way up to 80% water saving versus conventional tap.
Use a Broom Instead of a Hose to Clean Your Driveway
Using a hose to clean your driveway or pavement wastes water. Instead, use a broom to sweep away any dirt or debris. You'll save water and energy while getting some exercise. At Crest, we use mechanised cleaning in the common area which uses minimal water in larger spaces.
In conclusion, we as individuals can make a significant contribution to water conservation efforts by implementing these simple water-saving ideas. By adopting these simple practices from Crest, you not only save water but also reduce your water bills and help to preserve this precious resource for future generations. To learn more about how you can save water, contact us.
Author: Siddharth Bhatt. The author is the CEO of Crest Property Solutions one of the leading facility management companies that manages large and high-end properties & facilities across multiple locations in India.