(design: Bowerman Interior Planner)

Here are 10 ways to save water:

  • Laundry – only use your washing machine when you have a full load.
  • Kitchen – wash your dishes in a filled sink (with a plug) or in a large container/bowl in your sink, instead of under a running tap.
  • Showers – time yourself in the shower so that you keep your showers under five minutes. Even better, turn off the tap when you’re soaping, doing a body scrub or shaving.
  • Bathroom – turn the tap off when you’re brushing your teeth.
  • Garden – water plants early in the morning or late in the evening (before 7am and after 7pm) when it’s cooler, to minimise evaporation. Always water with a watering can instead of a hose.
  • Recycle – reuse your water from the washing machine (by collecting it in a bucket) and use it for cleaning jobs such as mopping the floor or washing the car.
  • Flushing – use the “half flush” button on your toilet for liquid waste instead of the “full flush”.
  • Car wash – only wash your car when needed (not every day!) and use a bucket instead of a running hose.
  • Leaks – repair leaking taps or plumbing straight away to minimise water wastage.
  • Bills – monitor your water bills to see where you use the most water. If your household’s water usage is above average, it’s time to look at your family’s water usage habits.

You can save at least nine litres of water a day by doing just one of these four things:

  • Reducing your shower time by one minute.
  • Using a tumbler when brushing your teeth (instead of leaving the rap running).
  • Washing your vegetables and dishes in a container in the sink instead of under running water.
  • Washing clothes on a full load.


You might be surprised to see where Singaporeans use the most water in the home:

(illustration LIM YI LING)