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7 Easy Ways to Save Water

September 10, 2015

With almost 355,000 homes in NCR to experience less than 12 hours of water supply this month, it’s about time we brush up on our water saving tips. Storing water in metal drums is not enough as a long term solution. If you’re going to really save on water, on volume and on the bank, here are a few water saving tips that you can do at home:

1. Fix dripping faucets

Dripping faucets can waste as much as 20 gallons of water a day. A leaking toilet can waste 90,000 gallons of water in a month. Switching out old and rusty pipes and maintaining your existing equipment properly is the easiest and cheapest way to begin saving water.

2. Install new water-efficient fixtures

Dual-flush toilets, low-flow showerheads, water-efficient dishwashers and washing machines can save a great deal of water and money. Aerators on your faucets can significantly reduce water volume and water shaving showerheads can reduce the volume of water to 1.2 gallons or less.

3. Take shorter showers

One way to cut down on water use is to turn off the water after soaping up and only turn it back on once you’re about to rinse. A short, four-minute shower uses approximately 20 to 40 gallons of water. It doesn’t have to take you more than ten minutes. The same goes when brushing your teeth. Only turn on the water to wet your brush and fill up a glass for mouth rinsing.

4. Water your plants early in the morning or late at night

Watering plants early in the morning or late at night helps reduce water loss to evaporation. Since the temperatures are low at these times of day, the water will have enough time to soak down to the roots where it can do the most good. Watering during the wee hours of the morning is can also protect your plants from slugs and other garden pests.

5. Harvest your rainwater

Rainwater is an efficient, alternative water source that you can use to wash clothes and dishes or water your plants. After all, it’s free!

6. Harvest your greywater

Greywater is basically water that has already been used at least once but still clean enough to use for other jobs. Water from sinks, showers, dishwashers and laundry washers, are the most common examples of greywater. Toilet water, on the other hand, is not greywater. It’s often called as “blackwater” which requires an intensive water treatment before it can be reused.

7. Keep your eyes peeled

Watch out for broken or leaking pipes, open hydrants, or anything that’s an excessive waste of water around your home or community. Don’t be shy about pointing out leaks to your family and friends, either. That’s what RG Malabanan’s plumbing services are for.

If your household is one of the 355,000 affected, call your nearest Malabanan plumber today and have your home inspected for possible leaks and repairs. It’s your choice. You can invest in your plumbing now or watch your hard-earned money flow down the drain tomorrow. 

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