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20+ Awesome Tips how to Save Water

Updated: Nov 15

Only about 2,5% of all the water in the world is freshwater of which about 1,5% is trapped in glaciers so only 1% is easily accessible for human consumption.

So, our fresh water is precious and should be used with caution. Here are a few tips to help you save water.

Turn off the tap

It can be this simple. Just turn off the tap when brushing your teeth, soaping up your hands, shaving, cleaning veggies, or just not using the water in general.

Take a shorter shower.

Most of us need a shower to wake up in the morning. Did you know that the average shower uses around 65 liter/17 gallons of water and lasts about 8 minutes? This results in about 8 liters per minute or 2 gallons per minute. Make it clear how much water you save with each minute you do not use the shower. Even better is to use a bucket to catch the water that is normally wasted when you wait for warm water. This water can be used to flush the toilet or water plants.

Install a water-saving showerhead.

The data above is only in the case of a water-saving showering head. So, if you haven’t already done so. Go to your closeted hardware store and purchase a water-saving showering head for just a few bucks.

Take a bath

Taking a partially filled bathtub might use even less water compared to a shower. Especially when you take a bath with the 2 of you (I always take a bath with my daughter as she loves it) and take a while to soak.


Check for leaks

If your toilet is constantly leaking, this is a lot of water wasted. A few drops of food coloring in your toilet tank will tell you right away whether or not it leaks.

Put a bottle or brick in your toilet tank

Fill a bottle with wet sand (so it sinks in the toilet tank) and place it in your toilet tank safely away from the operating mechanism. Now each time you flush, you use less water than before. Depending on the size of your family, that one bottle may save five gallons or more of water every day without affecting the efficiency of your toilet.

Run a full load

When it is time to do laundry, make sure you have a full load.

This is also the case for the dishwasher.

Check pipes for leaks

Leaking pipes waste water 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

Avoid disposables

This seems a bit weird as we are talking about water consumption but did you know that it takes about 2,5 liters/ 1 gallon to make one paper cup. For comparison, a full load of dishes requires about 10 liters/ 3 gallons of water.

Go for recycled

When choosing paper, go for recycled paper. Not only for your printer but also for example toilet paper. The amount of water for 1 roll of toilet paper is 170 liter or 37 gallons.

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Know what you eat

Agriculture is responsible for about 70% of the consumption of the world's freshwater. Did you know that you need almost 200 liter / 50 gallons of fresh water to produce enough coffee for 1 cup of your favorite beverage? While tea requires about 20 liters/ 5 gallons per cup. Beef requires 15000 liter / 4000 gallons per kg of meat. Chicken needs 4100 liter / 1100 gallons per kg of meat while eggs 3500 liter / 950 gallons per kg of product. Plant protein is even better with only 2500 liter / 650 gallons of fresh water for 1kg of tofu.

Know what you wear

The production of 1 kilo of cotton requires 8000 liter / 2100 gallons of fresh water although it depends on the area. In China, the water consumption of cotton is about 4000 liters/ 1050 gallons per kg while in India it can be up to 22000 liter / 5800 gallons per kg. Also dying of the cotton requires water. This is about 100 liter / 26 gallons per kg of cotton dyed. Overall, the water footprint of 1 cotton t-shirt is about 2700 liter / 710 gallons. A pair of jeans is about 8000 liter / 2100 gallons. About 7500 liter / 1970 gallons of that is freshwater for the production of cotton. The remaining 500 liters/ 130 liter is for dying, bleaching, printing, and finishing. To save water, opt for second-hand clothing.


Only water the lawn when needed

How do you know when your lawn needs some love? Step on some grass, if it springs right back up when you move your foot, you don’t need to water it.

Water plants outside during the cooler time of day.

Watering your plant during a cooler time of day avoids unnecessary evaporation of water. Turning on a sprinkler in the bright sun on the warmest part of the day will make sure the water applied is mostly evaporated. Early morning watering is better than dusk as it helps prevent the growth of fungus in your lawn.

Don’t let kids play with running water

Children love to play under a hose or sprinkler on a warm sunny day. Unfortunately, this is extremely wasteful on our precious water supply. A water gun is also wasting water but in a less extreme matter.

I hope these tips will help you save water and reduce your water footprint.

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