As we go through this bush fire crisis, water is the most precious and needed of our resources. Over the last few weeks there have been a lot of bush fires burning in Victoria, South Australia and NSW. Unfortunately our climate at the moment is very dry with not much of a chance of rain. It is very important to teach our children about the use of water and how they can conserve it wherever possible.
Here are a few tips to encourage your children and the family to follow:
- When brushing your teeth and washing hands don't leave the water running until you are ready to rinse.
- After washing your hands, turn off the tap.
- Always use the half flush on a toilet when urinating.
- Only flush toilet paper down the toilet, as tissues need more water to flush.
- When bathing your children teach them to water the garden with the bath water (purchase a few large plastic containers with a tap to store this water. This is so you can use the water when the garden needs it).
- Use a medium plastic container to scrub all your veggies and fruit. Then pour the water into the storage container for watering the plants.
- Collect the water used to cook pasta and store it in the water container.
- Encourage your children to be a "water police person". They can tell you if the toilet or taps around the house and outside are leaking.
- Make sure you wear your outer clothes a few times before washing. Remember if they aren't dirty don't wash them.
- Don't wash the car or bike with a running hose. Use a bucket with water. Better still, if your car isn't really dirty but only a little dusty don't wash it.
- If you have a space in your backyard, maybe think about installing a small water tank to collect the rain water running off your roof lines.
- When your washing machine eventually breaks replace it with a front loader as it use 50% less water and less detergent.
- Replace your dishwasher with an Energy Star certified dishwasher, as this can save almost 5,000 gallons of water per year. Also hand washing dishes can use up to 102 litres of water.
- Watering your lawn in the early morning or evening minimises water loss through evaporation. To ensure there is no water wastage place an ice-cream container on your lawn while watering. When the container fills to 10-15mm in depth, your lawn has had enough water .