Turn on your water and the water just keeps on flowing but have you ever thought about what would happen if it just stopped and there was just no more water left!
Well that is a question that is in the minds of all those who supply water to your homes and schools. The amount of water we can pump out is limited and when there is a dry spell this can become a concern. During a dry period it takes longer for our well to fill up but with careful management at the pumping station you will never be aware of it when you turn on your tap. It can happen however that households could be asked to conserve their water during these dry periods. By conserve we mean that people should not waste water and restrict its use to what is absolutely necessary – dont use it to wash the car or water the lawn.
In the Kiltiernan Group water scheme we have not had to impose such water restrictions but we do encourage water conservation. Water conservation is when we decide not to waste water. Just like your parents dont like to see food wasted there is equally no reason to waste water. Water costs money so why waste it?
From the page on Water Facts, we have seen that only 1% of all the water in the world is available to be used as drinking water. Although this water keeps getting recycled through the Earth’s ecosystem, once that water is polluted, it is hard to get it back to a useable state.
Here are a few things that you can do at home to help save water:
- When brushing your teeth, rinse the brush in short bursts of water instead of leaving the water running. This can save a LOT of water.
- Even a little drip can waste lots of water. When you are finished using the sink be sure that you REALLY turn off that tap. If the tap leaks, ask your mom or dad to replace the washer. (The washer is a little seal inside the tap that keeps it from leaking.)
- When you take showers, make sure they are short ones (less than 8 minutes). Taking a short shower can use less water than taking a bath. However, taking a shallow bath uses less water than taking a long shower.
- Walk over to the toilet and listen to the tank. Do you hear a hissing sound? If you do, you have a leaky valve! Ask your mom or dad to fix it… a leaky toilet can waste hundreds, even thousands of liters of water.
- In the summer, instead of running the tap for a long time until the water gets cold enough to drink, keep a nice cold jug of water in the fridge. (Ice cubes cool off a drink quickly too!)
- While waiting for tap water to get hot, catch it in a jug or bucket to use for watering plants.
- It uses less water to wash the car with a bucket of soapy water than with the spray from a garden hose. Just use the hose for your final rinse.
- To clean your driveway or walks, sweep them instead of spraying them down with a hose.