Personal actions: Water
What Can I do?
- Make sure that all your household appliances are connected to the sewers rather than the storm water drains. Water from your dishwasher and washing machine contains phosphates and other nutrients from detergents that cause eutrophication of lakes and streams. This used water must be treated by sewage treatment plants.
- Don’t dump chemicals, oils and paints into your drains. These toxic chemicals adversely affect the effectiveness of sewage treatment plants.
- Don’t put grease and oils down your kitchen sink..these can cause ‘fatbergs’, a build-up of grease in water pipes which can block water flow.
- Don’t dump anything down your storm water drains as this water flows directly back into the sea, lakes and rivers.
- Try using more environmentally friendly cleaning products.
- If you have a septic tank, make sure that you properly maintain it.
- Make sure that you don’t have any leaks. A tap that drips 10 times a minutes loses 3 litres/day.
- A leaking toilet could waste 4,000 litres per day. Test if your toilet has a leak by placing a drop of food colouring in the toilet tank. If the colour shows up in the bowl within 15 minutes without flushing, you have a leak. Make sure to flush immediately after this experiment to avoid staining the tank.
- Turn off your tap when brushing your teeth or shaving.
- Use a bowl full of soapy water to wash dishes rather than keep the tap running.
- Place a brick, jam jar or bladder in your toilet to displace water so that less water is used to flush your toilet.
- Keep a jug of water in the refrigerator to keep water cool rather than running the tap to get cold water.
- Similarly, boil water in a kettle for washing up dishes rather than running the tap to get hot water.
- Install water butts onto your outdoor gutters to collect rainwater for garden use.
- Wash cars with buckets and sponges rather than with hoses with running water.