To avoid even more water shortages, we need to change our water consumption patterns: not just in our individual use, but also the hidden water of our day-to-day.
Bring your water with you
Get a more durable bottle and refill it during your day. Each one liter plastic bottle takes seven liters of water to produce. In one year you can save up to 2184 liters by carrying your own bottle.
Trust your dishwasher
Use the economic cycle whenever possible. Don’t run a dishwasher if it’s half empty and don’t pre-rinse dishes under the tap before you put them in the dishwasher.
Turn off the tap while you are putting on your shampoo or shower gel. Reduce your shower time and use a shower that has a lower flow rate.
Try organic shampoo
Buy organic shampoos and conditioners. Their ingredients are far kinder to the water ecosystems they end up in, and you don’t need to wait so much time until you wash it out.
Check your house pipes
Turn off your tap properly. It can save more than 100 litres of water a month. If it is a permanent leak, get it fixed as soon as possible.
Dishwash more efficiently
Buy a machine with a high energy efficiency rating and use the economic cycle whenever possible. Don’t run the dishwasher if it’s half empty. Wait until it’s full and don’t go overboard with washing powder or tablets.
Water your lawn when the sun is lower
Irrigating in the middle of the day causes evaporation of 14% of the water that doesn’t reach the plants’ roots. Watering the lawn in the early morning or evening can save up to 1.200 litres a week.
Eat more vegetarian meals
Replace four ounces of beef in your diet and, in a week, you can save more than 11.000 litres. It takes a lot of water to grow the grain to feed the cow that ultimately produces a hamburger/beef.