Josh on World Water Day 2017
In many parts of New Zealand, households are not charged for domestic water consumption and we traditionally think of water as a free and abundant resource. Increasingly we are realising that this is far from the truth – most recently Auckland and Havelock North have been hit hard, but with record breaking water wastage, access to clean, safe water is a global crisis. Today is World Water Day 2017 so here are some tips to help us all use water more wisely.
An average household’s water use is made up from:
Bathroom – 25%
Toilet – 25%
Garden – 20%
Laundry – 20%
Kitchen – 10%
How can you reduce your use?
- Fix leaky taps and toilets
- Switch to a low flow shower head to reduce water use by up to 50%. We recommend Methven’s Kiri Satinjet low flow shower heads which have great pressure and an in-built flow restrictor
- Alternatively, fit a flow reducer behind your existing shower head
- Insulate hot water pipes to keep water warm and speed up hot water flow from taps
- Install tap aerators to reduce unnecessary water flow from taps, yet maintain water pressure
- Reduce the amount of water used per toilet flush with a toilet gizmo
- When buying new appliances, only buy ones with efficient water ratings
Did you know…
All piped water is treated to drinking water standards, yet we only drink 3% of the water that comes from our taps. That means that 97% of the expensive treated water that is piped into our homes is used where untreated water could be used.
Water harvesting is a sustainable way to gather and use water. Rainwater can easily be captured and used both in the home and in the gardens. Check with your local authority, your local public health service or on the Ministry of Health’s website for guidance and requirements on water treatment. 200ltr emergency water tanks are now available via Wellington City Council, or shop for 800ltr water saving tanks from us.
Greywater systems can also be installed to reuse waste water from washing machines, showers, baths and basins. There are a range of options for collecting and using greywater, depending on the source of the greywater and the use intended – talk to the council about rules, legislation and building consent.
Contact us if you would like any more information on how to reduce or reuse water in the home, and don’t forget that if you book a Home Energy Assessment you can get 50% off water/energy saving products.
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