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How to conserve water usage in your home

Most people living in Nigerian cities have the problem of poor water supply to their homes. Water has therefore become an increasingly precious resource. Given these concerns, conserving water use in the home is an important step to take.

Water conservation falls into two categories: engineering, technologies such as low flush toilets, and behavioral, such as turning off the water while brushing teeth. According to water experts, a complete water conservation plan should include both engineering and behavioral practices.

A writeup on how to conserve water usage in offered the following engineering and behavioural steps.

*Check your home for leaky faucets and toilets; you should repair the leaks or fix them yourself.

*Consider replacing older toilets with newer low-flush models. Toilets from 1992 or earlier tend to be much less efficient, using at least three gallons of water per flush. If replacing the toilet is not feasible, try filling a two-liter soda bottle with water and placing it inside the toilet tank. The bottle will displace water in the tank, so it will not fill up as much.

*Make sure all your faucets are equipped with aerators. Check your showerhead. If your shower can fill up a one gallon bucket in less than 20 seconds, replace the shower head with a low-flow version, according to the Water Use It Wisely website.

*Turn off the water when brushing your teeth, shaving or during other times when you are not actively using the water.

*Take showers instead of baths.

*Run full loads in the dishwasher and washing machine or adjust the water level for smaller loads.

*When washing dishes by hand, fill a dishpan with water rather than constantly running the faucet.

*If you have to water your lawn or garden, do it in the morning or evening. Less water will be lost to evaporation when you avoid watering during the warmest and sunniest time of the day.

*If you wash your car at home, park it on the lawn and recycle car wash water as irrigation for your lawn.Water pix & water pix 1

March 25, 2011



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