Water supplies in Hertfordshire are under severe pressure. A number of factors contribute to this, such as low yearly rainfall and a large, increasing population. Therefore it is important that everyone must make water conservation measures a priority in our daily lives.
Some of the measures below are ways to help conserve water. By everyone making a commitment to reduce and recycle water at home we can make a real difference and will help to benefit our water environment, e.g. local rivers.
Measures must go beyond not leaving the tap running when you clean your teeth - but, it’s a start! Other simple ideas for water conservation are listed below:
· Put a plug in the basin to wash hands.
· Install a water meter
· Install a grey water recycling system that re-uses bathroom water to flush the toilet.
· Fit a water butt to any downpipe; there may be a concession from DBC
· Have showers, not baths (not power showers)
· Check all new appliances, e.g. dishwashers, washing machines for water and energy efficiency and wait till you have a full load before you use either.
· Use porous paving materials, e.g. gravel to allow water to drain back to the aquifer.
· Plant drought resistant plants and turf in the garden. Check with your local garden centre
· Water plants, vegetables where necessary by seep hose, not spraying and never waste water on a lawn! Buckets and watering cans are even better way to water your plants and vegetables. · Wash your fruit and vegetables in a bowl.
· Wash your dishes in a bowl of water instead of a running tap
· In old type toilets use a hippo (heavy duty plastic bag available at your DIY store) or a brick in the cistern.
· Consider using a dual-flush toilet you have a modem toilet
· Wash your car with a bucket of rainwater, not a hose
· Repair all dripping taps
· When using a kettle - boil only the water you really need
· Use a mulch around flower beds for garden plants
· Sign up to a personal commitment to save water (click here for the water saving action plan)
Future topics to look out for are green roofs, large scale grey water systems and energy conservation.