Tips on how to save water, as drought continues

BE RESPONSIBLE: BCM residents are urged to take steps to conserve water wherever possible
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With the ongoing drought ravaging BCM dam levels, it has become increasingly important for residents to find ways to save water in whatever way possible.

“With the country receiving less annual rainfall than before, together with the growing population and growing demand for water, the way we as a country interact with water daily needs to change.

“It won’t change the rainfall we receive, but it will make an impact on water availability when less water is wasted,” said Organico brand manager Mario Correia.

According to Correia, there are a number of ways that households can improve their water consumption and reduce wastage.

First, they can check for any leaks, and get them repaired.

Residents should also regularly inspect any faucets around the home to ensure they are shut properly.

Correia also suggested taking shorter showers, and investing in water-saving shower heads.

“It’s easy to enjoy the warmth of a long shower, especially on a cold winter’s day but it is also very irresponsible,” he said.

Water is our most precious resource, and it is up to us to help where we can. Any change, no matter how small, will have an impact.

“Another way to reduce the water used within your home is to implement measures that allows for water to be reused in the form of grey water and rainwater harvesting.

“Greywater is water collected from your bathroom sinks, showers, baths and washing machines and do not have traces of any faecal matter.

“This can be used again for watering plants and even the washing of cars.

“Collection of greywater can be as simple as putting a bucket in the shower with you to collect any wasted water and using it in your garden.” Rainwater can also be collected for use in pools or gardens, and is cleaner than household greywater.

“One easy way to collect rainwater is to place a bucket under a gutter drainpipe, and the rainwater that would have spilled out of the pipe and onto the ground will now be collected in the bucket to be used later,” Correia said.

“Unfortunately, drought conditions are being experienced worldwide.

“Water is our most precious resource, and it is up to us to help where we can. Any change, no matter how small, will have an impact.”

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