9 Free Ways to Save Water in the Bathroom
by Peter Speckner, Communications Coordinator
The average person living in the Region of Waterloo uses 200 litres of water a day so our regional government created an online self-audit called the WET Challenge. It is part of an effort to lower the average amount of water used per person to 165 litres.
Here are nine ways you can conserve water in your bathroom–without spending a single cent. In fact, using these tips can save you money and help the environment.
- Don’t use the toilet as an ashtray or wastebasket
Every time you flush a cigarette butt, facial tissue or other small bit of trash, 6 – 15 litres of water is wasted.
- Take shorter showers
One way to cut down on water use is to turn off the shower before soaping up, and then turn it back on to rinse. A four-minute shower uses approximately 80 to 160 litres of water.
- Take a bucket into the shower
When waiting for the shower water to warm up, collect the cold water that precedes the hot in a large bucket or waste can. That is valuable water that can be used later for watering plants.
- Shower or Bath?
A bath uses up to 280 litres of water; a five-minute shower uses 40 to 100 litres. That said, if you don’t drain your bath after, you can use that water to flush the toilet and water plants. If you indulge yourself with a bath, don’t let that good water go to waste.
- When adjusting water temperatures, instead of turning water flow up, try turning it down
If the water is too hot or cold, turn the offender down rather than increasing water flow to balance the temperatures.
- Turn off the water after you wet your toothbrush
There is no need to keep the water running while brushing your teeth. Just wet your brush and fill a glass for mouth rinsing.
- When running a bath, plug the bathtub before turning on the water
Adjust the temperature as the tub fills.
- Rinse your razor in the sink
Fill the sink with a few inches of warm water. This will rinse your razor just as well as running water, with far less waste of water. It can also save up to 1200 litres a month.
- Teach children to turn off faucets tightly after each use
Do you have any tips to share? Any habits that don’t require spending a cent?