10 Free Ways to Save Water in the Kitchen


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 ten ways you can conserve water in your kitchen–without spending a single cent. In fact, using these tips can save you money and help the environment.

rinsing vegetables

    1. Don’t let the faucet run while you clean vegetables
      Rinse them in a stoppered sink or a pan of clean water.
    2. Do not use running water to thaw meat or other frozen foods
      Defrost food overnight in the refrigerator or by using the defrost setting on your microwave.
    3. Re-use your pasta cooking liquid
      Instead of dumping that water down the drain, try draining your pasta water into a loaded dishwasherlarge pot. Once it cools, you can use it to water your plants. Just make sure you wait, because if you dump that boiling water on your plants, you might harm them.
    4. Use your dishwasher for only full loads
      Automatic dishwashers should be fully loaded for optimum water conservation. This can save up to 1,000 litres a month. Most makers of dishwashing soap recommend not pre-rinsing dishes which is also a big water savings.
    5. If you accidentally drop ice cubes, don’t throw them in the sink
      Drop them in a house plant instead.
    6. Keep a bottle of drinking water in the fridgemetal bottle in fridge
      Running tap water to cool it off for drinking water is wasteful. Store drinking water in the fridge in a safe reusable drinking bottle.
    7. When washing dishes by hand, don’t leave the water running for rinsing
      If you have a double-basin, fill one with soapy water and one with rinse water. If you have a single-basin sink, gather washed dishes in a dish rack and rinse them with a sprayno running water device or a pan full of hot water. Dual-swivel aerators are available to make this easier. If using a dishwasher, there is usually no need to pre-rinse the dishes.
    8. Select the proper pot size for cooking
      Large pots may require more cooking water than necessary.
    9. Soak pots and pans instead of letting the water run while you scrape them clean
    10. 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?


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