towards conservation and the environment.
The aim of Conservation Week is to highlight issues facing the environment, promote action towards building a sustainable future and celebrate accomplishments in conservation.
The average Australian uses a staggering 300 litres of water per day and yet Australia is considered to be the driest inhabited continent. With such a low and variable rainfall, 70% of the country is in fact classified as being desert or semi-desert.
Despite the relative scarcity of water, we don’t rank well as water savers. On a per capita basis, we are the third highest users among OECD countries.
Whilst it’s true that the majority of our national water usage is for agricultural purposes, we must not discount our own personal usage.
Every city or town derives its water from a different source and has a direct effect on the water systems in the local area. Consequently, saving water at home can indeed have a positive benefit for your local water system.
With drought and water restrictions becoming regular events, it’s time to permanently change our water consumption habits and at the same time save $$$.
Here are ‘Eight’ easy changes that you can make that do not cost you a cent to implement. In fact, with your commitment and dedication they can save you a lot of money over the course of the year:
- Check your home thoroughly and fix any water leakages.
- Take a short, efficient shower. Try 4 minutes instead of 10 minutes.
- Place a container to catch your pre-shower water – then re-use in the garden.
- Wash a load of laundry only when you have a full load.
- Adjust your toilet cistern so that you use less water each time you flush.
- Turn your hose off at the tap instead of the nozzle.
- Don’t run the tap water when brushing your teeth.
- When rinsing fruit and vegetables, place a container under the tap and then use this water on your plants.