Published: 2018-03-20 18:35
Last Updated: 2018-03-20 19:52
Editor: Arwad Khalifeh
Jordan is a water-scarce country, with each citizen using just 100 cubic meters of water per year and less than 10% of the official global water poverty line. The Syrian refugee crisis has increased the overall demand for water in the kingdom by 20%, and in the northern Governorates by 40%.
With 97% of the world’s water being locked in seas and oceans, it is our duty as world citizens to conserve as much of it as we possibly can, and with these 10 easy tips, you can help save water around your home too.
1. Tap off
Turn off the tap while brushing your teeth. It should take you two minutes to clean your teeth properly, and the water rushing out of the tap during that time is very precious. #EveryDropCounts
2. Kettle half full
You don’t need to fill up your kettle right to the top if you’re about to make just one cup of tea. Otherwise, you will end up pouring the excess water down the drain (you know you will), and that’s just a waste of perfectly good water.
If you’re cooking delicious pasta for dinner or anything else that requires boiling in water, cool the leftover liquid and use it to water your lovely plants. Ta-da.
4. Goodbye leaks
The beauty of technology is that you can find a solution for almost anything, including a dripping tap. Replace your tap to stop it from leaking and save yourself money and water.
5. Hello, rain
If you happen to live on the ground floor with your own garden, collect rainwater in buckets and give it to thirsty street cats, use it to clean your patio or to wash your car.
6. Full load
If you don’t have a big family, then it could take some time for your washing to pile up. However, it is a good idea to wait until you have a full load before sticking your clothes in the washing machine, otherwise, that’s gallons of wasted water(and electricity).
It’s a pretty good (and inexpensive) idea to insulate your water pipes using pre-slit foam pipe insulation. The verdict? Water will heat up faster and less of it will be wasted in the process.