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What do you do to see that no water is wasted?

What do you do to see that no water is wasted?
We have a well that caters to our need and much more. But that does not mean we are carelessly consuming water. There is a shortage of water everywhere and so we think it is our duty to conserve water as much as possible.

When we built our house we had provided connections to channelise waste water to trees. Water from wash basins, bathrooms, kitchen and the washing machine gets collected in a small tank and from there it goes to coconut trees. We waste no time to repair leaking taps nor do we allow taps to flow at their fullest. We have noticed in several houses taps run while brushing teeth. We only open the taps when water is required.

We wash our clothes in the washing machine and this is done only after we have a sufficoent load. Our washing machine takes a load of up to 5 kg at a time. Washing clothes in washing machines saves water and ofcourse time.

We harvest rain water too that is collected in buckets although some have sumps to collect it. This water is used to swab the floor. We have a drip system for most of our garden and this again saves water. We have pits in our garden that soak in rain water which ultimately goes to reservoirs thus providing water for wells in the vicinity. We do nothave a dish washer but we have a system that saves water while washing dishes. Even while using the toilet it is not necessary to flush out a full tank. We have flush tanks that have a system that allows partial flow at a time which is used when a full flush is not required.

Do you have methods to conserve water? How well provided are you when it comes to supply of water? If one believes in the norm drops make an ocean there will be no dearth of water for anyone.

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Comments

Heatman
Well, I try as much as possible that I can to have my tap mouth to be very much in good condition because if not so, the tap would keep dripping drops of water and if you happen to put a fetching bucket in the tap dropping water, over a short period of time, you will realize the amount of water that would have been lost to the soil. But if the tap mouth keeps frustrating me by always dropping water, the only alternative to prevent the loss of water is putting a fetch bucket in it and turning in the water back once it's full.
Posted by Heatman on 10-17-2017
hermessantos
I think dripping faucets are unfortunately one of the most common reasons for wasting water. Sometimes a simple taps adjustments may be able to save many gallons of water over the month. Here at home recently I adjusted my taps to stop dripping and surely know that I will save many liters.
Posted by hermessantos on 10-18-2017
lovely
I keep my tap off at all times because sometimes there's scarcity of water and all we do normally is to leave the rap on to know when it runs but the I see that as water wastage because numerous times we have forgot to lock it while out and water runs then and filled everywhere and nobody is home to off it,so I try to keep it locked now to avoids water wastage even when at home.
Posted by lovely on 10-17-2017
Joteque
Well we're slowly recovering from a serious water shortage situation so we were forced to adopt corrective measures. We do the same with our laundry water using it to channel the trees watering and we use watering vessels even when the pipe is running so as to minimize running water. We urge people to wash their cars fewer times and with buckets and not hoses. We're employing more cisterns to preserve water and we are implementing desalination plants to generate more fresh water to areas that are lacking in this precious commodity.
Posted by Joteque on 10-17-2017
Jonathan Solomon
To be honest, I didn't realize the importance of water saving up until the last couple of years. Personally, I don't think I've ever been truly wasteful. However, I was oblivious to the fact of major water shortages that are happening globally. Because of that, it turned me into a very water-conscious person. To start, I limit my time in the shower, which is where I use the most water. Like yourself, I also only turn on the tap when needed (brushing teeth). As far as collecting rainwater, I haven't gone to this extent. Mainly because it doesn't really rain a lot where I am. However, I'd be interested in giving it a shot along with the entire filtration process behind it. Along with these steps, I take the time to make my friends water-conscious as well. Overall, I feel I'm playing my part in maintaining the fresh water we do have available to us in our area.
Posted by Jonathan Solomon on 10-17-2017
Denis_P
There are a couple of things I try to keep in mind in order to save water, not only to save on my bills but just to help the environment in general. For one thing, I hand wash all my dishes rather than opting for a dishwasher, and rather than keeping the water constantly running, I soak everything in the sink first, wash them with soap and only turn the water on between washing to rinse. Same thing goes for showering. I rinse my body, and then turn the water off while I lather with shampoo/body wash, and then only turn the water on again to rinse.
Posted by Denis_P on 10-18-2017
hermessantos
I also think that small actions can generate great results for nature and also for our pocket. We should not save water only by thinking of money, but rather of our own future. Awareness is everything!
Posted by hermessantos on 10-18-2017
amitkokiladitya
I don't like to see water running out from the tap directly to the drain. This is the reason why I always turn off the tap while brushing my teeth. This holds for washing hands and face also. I always turn off the tap while applying soap. Any kind of leakage, no matter how minor it is, is never left unattended. I prefer to take a bath using a bucket rather than directly from the shower.
Posted by amitkokiladitya on 10-18-2017
cubo
I only collect rainwater to water my plants because that water helps a lot my plants to grow better and healthier. I use to wash my clothes by hand because the laundry machine doesn't clean my clothes as good as I want and it wastes a lot of water and detergent. Also, in my house, we use wasted water for our toilets because the toilet wastes a lot of water too and it doesn't need clean water to work perfectly.
Posted by cubo on 10-18-2017
Marvadaum
Basically, I try and use it as little as possible and only when I really need it. I don't take 20 minutes baths and I also wash the dishes only I there are no clean dishes left. I don't wash my vehicles (Except by once every two months or so)
Posted by Marvadaum on 10-18-2017
tophew
In my home we save water by making sure that all the water faucet is properly close, no water is falling down when we are not using it. and also when the rain goes down we have big plastic bowl to save the water from the rain and use it to water our garden flowers.
Posted by tophew on 10-18-2017
hermessantos
I also have similar attitudes to yours. The only difference is that I can not get water in the rain at the moment. But I believe that in the future, I will have some funding system.
Posted by hermessantos on 10-18-2017
johnrajiv123
We always make sure our water taps are properly secured. A single droplet of water per second on a broken water tap can fill a jar overnight. We also recycle and collect rain water that we use for washing dishes and watering the plants.
Posted by johnrajiv123 on 10-18-2017
peachpurple
I would fill up a basin of water to use it to wash the dirty dishes and cutlery. Use a pail of water to wash the car, use scoop of ladle ( water ) to flush the urine in he toilet bowl. I don't flush the toilet after use. Only flush when there is poop. I shower once a day and boil water once a day. That is how I saved water, roughly USD $5 per month , had been this way for years. I use the washer 2 days once only.
Posted by peachpurple on 10-18-2017
Rhodolite
I turn off the faucet when brushing my teeth and do the same when washing dishes. Generally I don't use the water too much overall for laundry all the time since my wardrobe is really simple to be frank. I use watering cans instead of running the hose for gardening and generally water when the sun's down or not even fully up. Super fast showers, turn off the water to lather up in soap and shampoo and only turn it on to rinse.
Posted by Rhodolite on 10-18-2017
Mehano
Well, I do some things similar to yours. We also always wait till we have a full load of clothes before using the washer and so on. I think that not only saves the water but also your money since you spend less electricity. Besides that, I never take long showers and when I'm shampooing myself, I turn the water off. My showers are always 2-5 minutes max. Whenever I brush teeth, I keep my water off. I instead put it into a small cup and use when I'm done. I feel like we take fresh and good water for granted.
Posted by Mehano on 10-18-2017
overcast
I think expecting things to work in our favor is just stressing ourselves into this. So we have to learn to understand on that point. There seems to be point which we need to understand that there are ways with which you can keep the water properly stored. But that does not always help. So we have to think about where we are wasting the water and what else can be done about it. I guess we learn from our mistakes in that context.
Posted by overcast on 10-18-2017
gata montes
As I live in an arid, drought prone area with a desert like climate - where at the most we only get approx 400 mm of rain per year - if we're lucky and therefore - not only is drought something that I'm now extremely used too - as we have to face it most years - but as we regularly experience water restrictions throughout the year, as well as water cuts - often without warning and sometimes for quite lengthy periods - water is such a precious commodity that we value way, way too much to waste - I've learnt to use it very, very wisely by

always making sure that there are no leaks or dripping taps having showers rather than baths only using the dishwasher and washing machine when I have full loads not leaving the tap running when washing hands, brushing teeth or washing fruit and vegetables have installed water reducing devices into all the toilet cisterns and never ever - use a hose pipe or sprinkler in the garden

As not only does my garden - even though I grow all my own produce as well as a huge number of ornamental plants - require very little water - as everything in it is suited - not just to the growing conditions, the environment and the climate - but as plants grown in their natural environment will normally survive without needing copious amounts of additional water - the waste water from washing fruit and vegetables, rinsing plates etc - as well as that from the outlets of both the washing machine and dishwasher - is generally an adequate enough supply - without having to use any of our precious water supply.
Posted by gata montes on 10-18-2017
wallet
Well, all I do is to use less water and always try to collect rainwater and use it to wet the plants or even to wash my hair. Using rainwater will reduce the using the tap water, so the bill will be reduced. My wife collects water from the washing machine to wash the floor with it or wash the cement from our yard.
Posted by wallet on 10-18-2017
hermessantos
Generally I am always careful not to leave taps badly closed and I also try not to take too long in the shower. I think these are basic actions to avoid wasting water. Other actions like rainwater harvesting are also very valid avoid making conscious use of water.
Posted by hermessantos on 10-18-2017
Corzhens
We are sticklers for water conservation because we adhere to the so called environmental ethics. They say that the bathroom is the most that wastes water but I disagree. It is the kitchen because some people would be washing their dishes with running tap. We have a method for that – rinse the plates and utensils then soap them. And the rinsing is continuous with does not waste water. After washing the meat or fish, we use the water as irrigation and fertilizer for the plants and trees. And in bathing, using the shower should also be continuous when rinsing the soap. There are more water-saving methods we employ but the list is pretty long.
Posted by Corzhens on 10-19-2017
vinaya
I don't use a bath. By not using the bath, I save a lot of water while cleaning myself. I also turn off the faucets when I am not using water. I also try to reuse water. I water my plants with wastewater. I also collect rainwater.
Posted by vinaya on 10-20-2017
Lizzyib
The ways I save water isn't ground breaking. I don't run the water while I am brushing my teeth. I wait until I have a full load to run the dishwasher or the washing machine. I actually don't run the dishwasher that often and do the dishes by hand, especially if it's just a few dishes. I make sure there aren't any leaky faucets, not only does that waste water, but also the drip drip drip sound is very annoying.
Posted by Lizzyib on 10-22-2017
babyright
To save enough water without wasting it anyhow i usually see that i take the medium amount in the container to use so as not to waste water anyhow.
Posted by babyright on 10-28-2017
jyy
I keep faucets turned off, but really, in my area, there isn't a dire need for water conservation, not like, say in the Sahara or California. However, though, I don't really live in an incredibly wet area like Seattle, Washington or the Amazon, so there are dry spells. In fact, these spells can and do lead to massive droughts.
Posted by jyy on 11-05-2017
mildredtabitha
We always harvest rain water too. We make sure not to leave the tap running. We also re-use water like washing the house with water we used to rinse the clothes. We store water in tanks and bottles so we can have enough when there is a water shortage.
Posted by mildredtabitha on 11-07-2017
jyy
I think plumbing is important. If it's not checked up on, then maybe it could lead to situations where water overflows and if a person is gone, well, despite the comical nature, it would be very bad and possibly damaging and/or costly. Anyway, they say in cold climates pipes freeze up and also there is a situation where hair clogs up pipes. Anyone know of other things?
Posted by jyy on 11-12-2017