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Tips on saving water at home


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Here are some ways to save water.

1. IN YOUR BATHROOM

- Reduce shower time by one minute, and turn off the tap when soaping.

- Use a tumbler when brushing your teeth.

- For dual-flush flushing cisterns, use reduced flush for liquid waste.

- Opt for showers, rather than baths in the bathtub.

- Wait for the water to heat up, before turning on the tap for hot showers.
 

2. IN YOUR KITCHEN

- Wash dishes and vegetables in a basin, and not under a running tap.

- Do not thaw food under running water. Let it defrost overnight in the fridge instead.

- Use water leftover from boiling to water your plants, after it has cooled.

- Wash full loads, if you are using a dishwasher.
 

3. WHEN DOING YOUR LAUNDRY

- Run the washing machine only on a full load.

- Collect the rinse water from the washer to flush the toilet or mop the floor.
 

4. HOUSEKEEPING OUTDOORS

- Keep car washing to a minimum. Use a bucket and not a running hose.

- Water plants by using a watering can instead of a running hose. Reduce the frequency of watering to every third day and not more than 15 minutes each time.

- Water plants in the early morning or late evening (before 7am and after 7pm) to minimise evaporation losses.

5. OTHERS

- Monitor your water bill to track water consumption. If it is more than average, relook your water usage habits.

- Install thimbles or water saving devices at taps with high flow rate.

- Turn off taps tightly to ensure they do not drip.

- Check for leaks in flushing cisterns, pipes and taps, and repair them promptly to prevent water wastage.

- Check for leaks regularly by turning off all taps and checking the water meter. If the meter counter dial continues to run, it means there is a leak.

- Wash your pets outdoors, if you have a garden and outdoor plants.

(First published in The Straits Times)

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