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. Ensure all taps are fully closed. A dripping tap at 1 drip per second wastes up to 30 litres a day. That is equivalent to 10 000 litres a year.

. Replace tap washers regularly and fit tap aerators to restrict and spread the flow.

. Ensure your plumbing system is regularly checked for leaks and engage a plumber when necessary.

In the kitchen

. Rinse glasses, cutlery and vegetables in a basin of water, rather than under a running tap, and reuse this water for potplants or in the garden.

. Rinse water can be reused for the next cycle of washing up before being discarded.

. Keep a bottle of drinking water in the fridge so that you don’t run lukewarm water down the drain when waiting for it to cool.

. Run tap water into a bottle when waiting for it to heat up.

. Thaw frozen foods in the fridge, sunlight or microwave rather than placing them under running water.

. Ensure washing machines and dishwashers have a full load before running them.

In the house. Close the tap when brushing your teeth. This saves up to 20 litres per month. Use a mug of water to rinse your toothbrush.

. Plug the sink when shaving rather than rinsing your razor under running water. This saves up to 45 litres per month.

. A half-filled bath uses about 113 litres and a 5-minute shower uses about 56 litres. If you have to bath, make it a shallow one or share it.

. A toilet leak can waste up to 30 litres an hour. Check if your toilet is leaking by adding a few drops of food dye to the cistern. If the colour seeps into the bowl, you have a leak.

In the garden

. Water your garden before 09:00 or after 16:00 (or even later on hot summer days). Avoid watering during windy periods and only water your garden when necessary.

. Re-use your bath and sink water to water plants and lawns. Professional greywater recycling systems are also great options to save water.

. If you have an overflow pipe that drips into the garden, place a bucket beneath it and use the water for potplants.

. Don’t mow lawns below 4cm, as this reduces root depth and lawns are more likely to burn in summer.


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