Are you noticing a significant increase on your water bills? Here in Singapore, water prices can get very high as the demand climbs due to the hot and humid weather we have.
Cutting back water use is one effective solution to conserving water, but other than turning off the faucet when brushing your teeth, you can recycle used water to save even more. Here are a few more simple conservation tips you can do at home.
- Use a Bucket In the Shower
If you can’t handle the cold, you’re probably using the heater to shower. When you turn on the shower, the water that flows out of it takes some time to warm up. So instead of wasting the cooler flow, place a bucket under the shower to collect the running cold water and use it somewhere in the house.
- Save the Pasta Water
If you’re cooking pasta—or boiling eggs or potatoes, don’t throw the water away. Instead, let your colander sit over another large pot to collect the water. Once the water has cooled, use it to water the garden or your indoor plants.
- Reuse Water From Washing Your Produce
Just like the pasta water, wash your fruits and vegetables in a pot of water and reuse the water somewhere else when you’re done. You can water the plants with it or put it in the toilet for flushing.
- Collect Overflow From Plants
When watering potted plants, perhaps you’ve noticed extra water that usually runs out of the drainage holes at the bottom of the pot. Collect that water and don’t let it go to waste. One great way is to place your potted plants in deep trays to collect water. You can use the excess to water the smaller plants.
- Install Gray Water System
Gray water is filtered waste water that doesn’t contain food particles and sewage. Having a gray water system diverts laundry water and/or water that go down the sink to a large container, so it doesn’t go to waste. One example is diverting water from shower drain or kitchen sink to the toilet flush. If you wish to install this system, keep in mind that this usually requires professional plumbing works and regular maintenance.
Conserving water is more than just turning leaky faucets off. Although we can’t feel the scarcity of water just yet, it’s important to save this precious and non-renewable resource for the next generations to come.