Heatwaves Can Cause Water Shortages
The current dry spell in the United Kingdom has acted as a reminder that one of our most precious commodities, water, does not have an endless supply.
The month of June was exceptionally hot and dry and July has kicked off with days if not weeks of a mini-heatwave set to continue.
Fresh, clean drinking water is often taken for granted in western countries which can lead to careless use.
But you can make lots of little changes that will have little impact on your life but will ensure there is enough water for us all.
Don’t Be Selfish
Perhaps this is the most important point to make.
If you are selfish you may continue to over water your garden in spite of water shortage warnings, wash the car, leave taps or faucets running unnecessarily and throw water down the drain when it could be used elsewhere.
Becoming a savvy water user is not that difficult, it helps your community as well as your family, it can reduce your water costs and help prevent drought situations.
Consider having a water meter fitted.
In the United Kingdom residents pay an annual water tax, which has increased steadily since privatisation of our water supply and services.
However you can opt to have a water meter instead.
Most if not all new properties have water meters fitted but if you live in an old property you can usually get a meter fitted if you prefer that option.
Meters are free so it is worth checking this option out.
If you live in a property unsuitable for a meter you can get a water rate reduction.
But the great thing about having a water meter is if you economize on water you will directly save money.
It makes sense to harvest rainwater when it is in rich supply.
England remains a fairly wet country but demands on its water supply and mismanagement means we are never far away from a drought.
Make a Water Butt
You will need
Installing a water butt
Hints And Tips To Save Water
Some of this information has stayed with me since public information films about saving water in the 1970s. Extended periods of hot dry weather back then resulted in water shortages.
Perhaps governments should consider using such public information films again.
We can all save some water with thoughtful use of this resource such as:
Add soda crystals to a large watering can or bucket full of water. Sprinkle this mixture on any paths that have ingrained stains or need cleaning.
Leave the mixture; do not rinse away.
When rain does arrive it will wash away any residue.
This simple tip ensures brilliantly clean paths without the use of water conservation busting pressure washers.
Use your imagination but never compromise you or any other persons health and safety.
Use your water saving ideas outside of the home in your work place or school. Talk to your political representatives about local water improvements and green projects.
Once you decide to become water savvy you will be surprised how much water you can save.
You may also be shocked to realize how much water you have been carelessly wasting for far too long.
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