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WAYS TO SAVE WATER
Many areas in the UK are experiencing water shortages due to drier than usual winters, longer periods of hotter weather this summer and poorly maintained water pipes and infrastructure. This has resulted in many areas having a hosepipe ban, which means we cannot use hoses for watering gardens, cleaning cars, patios etc., and, in some areas this has now been extended to a drought order which restricts the use of water for non-essential use such as filling swimming pools, watering golf courses etc.
With this in mind I thought I would feature some simple ways we can all save water - this may also be useful for anyone on metered water.
Unless we all heed the warnings we could end up like this.
Combination boilers often need to run a lot of cold water before the hot comes through, as it has to run from the site of the boiler through to the tap, which may necessitate going first through a radiator and longish pipe according to the distance from one and the other. Therefore, every time I turn on the tap, I either fill my watering can with the cold, or spare bottles of water to use during the day for kettles, etc. You could fill saucepans, too. It is amazing how much could run away before the required hot comes through.
Audrey M. Wood
This is not just a UK problem; you may like to check out the infographic called 'Water by Numbers' from bushmantanks.com.au which highlights some interesting facts with regard to water consumption in Australia and easy ways in which water could be saved.
My family likes to save water since we live on a well and have experienced several sizzling summers where some of our neighbor's wells have dried up. In addition to your list for saving water, I have 2 suggestions:
1. We use the laundry rinse water to flush our toilets. This is a bit more manual, but I'm sure we've saved thousands of gallons.
2. We collect the shower water that is run before the shower gets warm enough to get in. This water is dumped in the washing machine tub. We also collect the condensation water from our A/C and use that in the washing machine too. I know we've saved thousands of gallons using these methods too.
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