“Did You Know?” will be a monthly feature that shares information on various topics that affect our Common Home, such as plastics, aerosols, water, compost, etc. This feature will address and offer a challenge pertaining to the following Laudato Si’ Goals:
- Response to the cry of the Earth
- Adoption of a simple lifestyle
- Ecological education
- Community engagement and participatory action
Indoor Water Conservation
- Always turn taps off tightly so they do not drip.
- Promptly repair any leaks in and around your taps.
- Use an aerator and/or a water flow-reducer attachment on your tap to reduce your water usage.
- When hand-washing dishes, never run water continuously. Wash dishes in a partially filled sink and then rinse them using the spray attachment on your tap.
- Soak pots and pans instead of letting the water run while you scrape them clean.
- If you have an electric dishwasher, use it only to wash full loads, and use the shortest cycle possible. Many dishwashers have a conserver/water-miser cycle.
- When brushing your teeth, turn the water off while you are brushing. Use short bursts of water for cleaning your brush. This saves about 80% of the water normally used, up to 4 gallons a minute.
- When washing or shaving, partially fill the sink and use that water rather than running the tap continuously. (This saves about 60% of the water normally used.)
- Use either low-flow shower heads or adjustable flow-reducer devices on your shower heads. They reduce flow by at least 25%.
- You can reduce water usage by 40% to 50% by installing low-flush toilets.
- Wash only full loads in your washing machine.
- Use the shortest cycle possible for washing clothes and use the “suds-saver” feature if your machine has one.
- Store drinking water in the fridge. Running the water until it gets cold is a natural habit—but it wastes a lot of water in the process. Rather than drinking cold water straight from the faucet, fill reusable bottles or pitchers up with lukewarm water and store them in the fridge.
CHALLENGE: Choose one of the above ideas to implement.
Information from The Water Project; Water – Use it Wisely.