Waterwise is a UK non-for-profit that supports and challenges everyone to be as water efficient as possible for the benefit of people, the environment and the economy. They have some really great resources and one quick reference guide to help you conserve as much water as possible.
This week Waterwise has organised Water Saving Week to raise awareness for water conservation. Following their lead, this is what we’re focussing on this week at work and at home:
Longer showers are on the rise. Our team this week will try to keep showers to a maximum of 5 minutes.
Eco Dishwashing & Laundry
Waterwise has found that it is often common to have machines running even when they are not full, so we’ll be remembering to only run it when its full. We’ll also be choosing “Eco” mode where possible and, for dishwashing, avoiding any pre-rinsing.
Efficient Drinking Water
At work and at home this week, we’re keeping a stock of water in bottles in the fridge to avoid running the tap excessively. Waterwise has calculated that waiting for the tap to run cold can waste more than 10L of tap water a day.
You can also save water by placing a lid on the saucepan you’re cooking in. By losing less, you don’t have to put in as much. We’ll also be remembering that any leftover water is perfect for plants around the house and the office.
Reducing Electricity Consumption
We all know that using electricity means putting carbon dioxide into the atmosphere, but did you know that the power stations also consume a huge amount of water? With that in mind, this week, where we can we will be turning anything and everything off that can be off.
Checking Our Meters At Night
Waterwise also has a great tip for Commercial sites; check your meters at night or when no water is being used to monitor leakage. Another super logical, no nonsense check. If we find anything, we’ll let you know.
Is that it?
Of course it isn’t. Really, we’re just scratching the surface here. Waterwise’s guide has a lot more ideas of how to be careful with your water. We’ll be discussing this more at work this week, looking at the longer term projects Waterwise recommends as well as asking staff and our inventors for their ideas of how to conserve water.