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Tips for a Greener Lent: Water

  • “Fresh drinking water is an issue of primary importance, since it is indispensable for human life and for supporting terrestrial and aquatic ecosystems” Laudato Si’ 28.

  • “If anyone gives so much as a cup of cold water to one of these little ones because he is a disciple, ….. he will not lose his reward” Matthew 10.42

  • Safe drinking water is a basic human right, yet 2.1 billion people live without safe water - World Water Day. 22.03.2019

Tip for a GREENER Lent: Choose one way to conserve water in your home this week, remembering that a running tap can waste 6 litres of potable water per minute.

The 22 March each year is global World Water Day. The aim of the day is to focus our attention on the importance of freshwater and advocating for the sustainable management of freshwater resources. This year’s theme is 'Leaving no one behind. Access to water and sanitation is an internationally recognised human right, yet 2.1 billion people live without safe water. We all need to be committed to saving and protecting water so that all may share this most precious resource.

20 Ways to Conserve Water at Home

With more and more areas struggling with droughts, conserving water is more important than ever. Even if you’re not living in a drought-stricken region, cutting back on water use also means a lower utility bill and helps conserve a precious resource.

Whether you’re ready to cut back on your showers or replace your lawn with water-wise plants, there are lots of big and small ways that you can conserve water around the home. Don’t worry if you can’t do everything on this list. Just pick a few things to start with, and do more as you can.

Even a few small changes can add up to hundreds of gallons in water savings each year! Here are 20 water-saving tips to get you going…

  1. Shower Bucket. Instead of letting the water pour down the drain, stick a bucket under the tap while you wait for your shower water to heat up. You can use the water for flushing the toilet or watering your plants.

  2. Turn off the tap while brushing your teeth. Water comes out of the average tap at 6 litres per minute. Don’t let all that water go down the drain while you brush! Turn off the tap after you wet your brush, and leave it off until it’s time to rinse.

  3. Turn off the tap while washing your hands. Do you need the water to run while you’re scrubbing your hands? Save a few gallons of water and turn the tap off after you wet your hands until you need to rinse.

  4. If it’s yellow, let it mellow. This tip might not be for everyone, but the toilet is one of the most water-intensive fixtures in the house. Do you need to flush every time?

  5. Fix your leaks. Whether you go DIY or hire a plumber, fixing leaky taps can mean big water saving.

  6. Re-use your pasta/potato cooking liquid. Instead of dumping that water down the drain, try draining your pasta/potato water into a large pot - cool it then water your plants.

  7. Head to the car wash. If you feel compelled to wash your car, take it to a car wash that recycles the water, rather than washing at home with the hose.

  8. Cut your showers short. Speed things up in the shower for some serious water savings.

  9. Choose efficient fixtures. Investing in a low-flow toilet, choosing efficient shower heads, and choosing water efficient dishwashers and washing machines can add up to big water savings.

  10. Be careful of the detergents and chemical products that you are responsible for pouring down the drain because: Water fact: One in eight people worldwide does not have access to clean drinking water.

  11. Don’t run the dishwasher or washing machine until it’s full. Those half-loads add up to gallons and gallons of wasted water.

  12. Check for water leaks regularly.

  13. Install a water butt to collect rain water from the roof and use it for the garden and outdoor cleaning.

  14. Flush with less. Older toilets use a lot of water. You can reduce your usage by putting a one litre plastic bottle, filled with water, into the cistern.

  15. Water outdoor plants in the early morning. You’ll need less water, since cooler morning temperatures mean losing less water to evaporation and direct the water to the roots where it is needed.

  16. Hand-washing a lot of dishes? Fill up your sink with water, instead of letting it run the whole time that you’re scrubbing.

  17. Use less electricity. Power plants use thousands of gallons of water to cool. Do your part to conserve power, and you’re indirectly saving water, too!

  18. Wash Fido outdoors with water from a water butt. That way, you’re watering your yard while you’re cleaning your pup. Just make sure that the soap you’re using isn’t harmful to your plants!

  19. Skip the shower from time to time. Do you really need to shower multiple times a day or even daily? Skipping even one shower a week adds up to big water savings.

  20. Re-use grey water. You can do things like re-route the runoff from your clothes washer and use that water for things like flushing the toilet.

Further Reading

Article from the Andersonstown News 14.02.2009 ‘Be the power of one in our World’

UN World Water Day for resources click here:

Billions deprived of the right to water

Launch of the UN World Water Development Report on 19 March: Click here:

England could run short of water within 25 years

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