Water is our most precious and vital commodity and our whole existence depends upon it.
At Allied Pumps, water is our passion, it is at the heart of our motivation. We have formed our entire business around the effective and sustainable application of water.
Despite summer arriving very late this year, we are starting to warm up quite quickly as we head into summer. So we wanted to help you with the conservation of the most important resource.
In a world where 20% of the world’s population does not have access to safe drinking water, developed countries use most of its drinking quality water to flush toilets and water gardens.
We encourage you to rethink your approach to our most important commodity. Here are some simple but effective ways you can ensure that we preserve our resources and save some money:
1. In your gardens
According to the Water Corporation over 40% of household water usage occurs in the garden, so it’s a great place to start your water saving efforts.
To make the most of the water applied to your garden make sure you use mulch, soil wetting agent and soil improver to help gardens and lawns retain moisture.
Stick to the watering guidelines and watering days set by the Water Corporation. The Water Corporation also suggests choosing waterwise plants and grouping plants with similar watering needs so you can create a beautiful garden and water more efficiently.
2. In your bathroom
Showers consume 22% of the household water usage. Consider taking shorter showers (less than 4mins) which can also reduce your energy use. Also turn off the tap when brushing your teeth. Use a glass or cup for the water you need for gargling.
You will also save money by ensuring you have a water efficient showerhead, dual flush toilets and WELs rated taps installed along with taking care of any leaky or dripping plumbing issues. Fixing a dripping tap can save up to 10,000 litres a year and fixing a leaky water bowl in the toilet can save up to 9,000 litres a year.
A bucket in the shower can also help you catch excess water that can be used to water plants.
3. In your kitchen
Use your dishwasher. Contrary to popular belief handwashing is likely to use up to 8 times more water than a dishwasher. This will depend on the star and water efficiency rating, however newer appliances are extremely efficient in the use of water and energy. Ensure your dishwasher is full and scrape any excess food from dishes rather than pre-rinsing them before loading the sink or dishwasher. You can easily double up water use by pre-rinsing.
When washing fruit and vegetables, use a bowl or plug the sink. A running tap can deceive you with how much water it uses.
4. In your Laundry
Washing machines account for 16% of all water used inside the average home. A water efficient washing machine coupled with a reduction in how much washing you do can make a huge difference. A front loading washing machine with WELS 4.5 star rating can use up to 35% less water than a conventional top loading washing machine for the same load. By reducing your washing by just one load a week you could also save up to 50 litres.
Just like the bathroom, WELs rated taps, aerators and fixing leaks will also go a long way.
5. Around the home
Capturing rainwater to use in your home or garden is an excellent way to reduce the amount of potable water used. A small rainwater tank plumbed into your toilet and washing machine can save over 20,000 litres of water a year, a larger tank can save even more.
An uncovered pool is also a huge culprit in the home. Without a pool cover it is possible to lose more than your pool's entire volume of water every year through evaporation, which is up to 45,000 litres of water a year.
Your evaporative air-conditioner can use a large amount of water - around 60-100L of water an hour. They are also prone to faults and leaks. Switch it to fan only when it’s humid or for short periods of time and check it for leaks, maintain flow control and clean filter pads.
Though not exhaustive, we hope these help you with some things to consider around the home to make our water use more sustainable. For more information or to discuss your next project please contact the team at Allied Pumps.