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How to save water Develop a good habit of saving water

Posted on January 03 2023

In fact, saving is an attitude and a living habit. Everyone should not waste, although some things are not scarce for you right now. Regarding water conservation, I have some experiences that I would like to share with you.

How to save water Develop a good habit of saving water

Water, like air and sunlight, is irreplaceable in our lives. Although more than 70% of the earth's area is covered by water, we can obtain and use less than 0.26% of the total water. In China, the per capita water consumption is only 2,400 cubic meters, which is a quarter of the time average, so it is listed as one of the 13 countries with the poorest per capita water consumption. Among the more than 600 cities above the county level in our country, more than 300 are short of water. If measures are not taken immediately, China will soon face a serious fresh water crisis.

In order to help everyone establish water-saving awareness and master water-saving methods, WWF solicited some "water-saving tips in life" from volunteers. We hope that everyone can start from a little bit, participate together, and work hard to reverse the current situation of water shortage .

Kitchen water:

  1. When cleaning cooking utensils and kitchen utensils, if the oil stain is too heavy, you can wipe off the oil stain with paper first, and then clean it.
  2. Use rice washing water, noodle soup, and overnight tea to wash the dishes and chopsticks, which can remove oil and save water and detergent pollution.
  3. To wash the place with a lot of dirt or grease, you can use a used tea bag (washed and dried) to dip some cooked oil to smear the dirty place, and then wipe it with a rag with detergent to easily decontaminate.
  4. When cleaning vegetables, do not wash them directly under the tap, put them into the water container as much as possible, and adjust the cleaning order, such as: you can first peel and remove the mud from the vegetables with skins, and then clean them; first Wash leafy, fruity vegetables and then root vegetables.
  5. Do not use water to help thaw food.
  6. Use an egg cooker instead of boiling eggs in a large pot of water.

Water for personal cleaning:

  1. When washing hands, face, and brushing teeth, do not keep the faucet on all the time, but turn on the water intermittently. For example: when washing your hands and face, you should turn off the faucet while making soap; when brushing your teeth, you should turn off the faucet after the cup is filled with water.
  2. Reduce the number of baths. Every time you take a bath, control the amount of water, about one-third of the water in the bath is enough.
  3. Collect the clear water released for preheating and use it to wash clothes.
  4. While showering, stand in a collection container and collect used water for flushing the toilet or mopping the floor. Do not turn on the nozzle for a long time. Wet the body and hair first, then turn off the nozzle, and use shower gel and shampoo for the last wash.
  5. Use water-saving faucets that can adjust the water output in stages.
  6. Bathing too frequently is actually not good for skin health. Taking a shower saves 80% more water than taking a bath in a bathtub. Adjust the ratio of cold and hot water intermittently, do not leave the nozzles on all the time, let alone open the water. Take the time to take a bath, turn off the nozzle when your head and feet are wet, scrub with soap or bath liquid, and rinse it off once; do not wash clothes "by the way" when taking a bath; do not fill the bathtub with bath water, 1/3-1/4 pot is enough for use up.

Laundry water:

  1. Concentrate on cleaning clothes and reduce the number of laundry.
  2. Reduce the use of washing machines, try not to use the self-use mode, and wash small pieces of clothing by hand.
  3. When rinsing small pieces of clothing, turn the faucet down, rinse with running water, and empty the basin below to collect the used water, instead of taking several basins of water and rinsing multiple times. This is not only easy to rinse, but also reduces the total amount of water used, and can also recycle the collected water.
  4. The water after rinsing can be used as washing water for the next laundry, or used to wipe the floor.
  5. It is appropriate to add washing powder when doing laundry, and choose phosphorus-free washing powder to reduce pollution.
  6. Clothes should be washed intensively, and the frequency of laundry should be reduced as much as possible; hand washing is recommended for small and a small amount of clothes; detergent should be used in an appropriate amount, and excessive use will cause a lot of waste of water. When washing a small amount of clothes, if the water level is set too high, not only the clothes will not be washed clean, but also water will be wasted; several kinds of clothes can be washed together, which can also save water; the rinse water can be reserved for washing dirty clothes, which can save a lot of fresh water.

Bathroom water saving:

  1. If conditions permit, please choose a new type of water-saving toilet.
  2. If you use a non-water-saving old-fashioned toilet, you can put a beverage bottle full of water in the toilet tank to reduce the amount of flushing. (Note: This method should be careful not to hinder the movement of water in the tank.)
  3. The toilet is not a trash can. Do not pour leftovers and other sundries into the toilet to avoid waste caused by flushing these sundries.
  4. Collect laundry, vegetable washing, bath water, etc. to flush the toilet.
  5. Regularly check the water tank equipment, replace and repair it in time, and do not put detergent and other cleaning items into the water tank, which may cause aging of the rubber and gasket in the water tank, resulting in leakage and waste.

The water tank of the flush toilet consumes a lot of water. You can place several Coke bottles or cans filled with water in the water tank to reduce the amount of flushing water. It is best to replace the water-saving toilet. If the water tank of the toilet is too large, two-stage water tank accessories can be replaced; the water tank of the toilet is leaked. The water inlet valve is time-sensitive, and the water will flow away continuously from the overflow port. The failure of the drain valve will cause long water flow from the toilet, and the water inlet pipe will continuously supply water to the water tank; use the clean discarded water in the home to flush the toilet, so that one water can be used for multiple purposes; garbage, regardless of size and thickness, should be removed from the garbage channel. Do not flush with water through the toilet.

Other water use:

  1. When eating out, change the dishes as little as possible, reduce the amount of washing dishes in the restaurant, and thus reduce water use.
  2. Develop a good habit of turning off the faucet at will.
  3. Educate children to save water and encourage them not to play water-consuming games.
  4. Don't waste the leftover tea and mineral water, use it for watering.
  5. Do not pour out the remaining water before filling the thermos. It can be collected with other circulating water for reuse.
  6. Adjust the tap water valve to control the water volume, and develop the habit of intentionally turning the faucet small, so that a considerable amount of water can be saved.
  7. Choose vegetable wax for anhydrous car washing, which saves water and is beneficial to car maintenance.
  8. Pay attention to anti-freezing and cracking treatment for outdoor water pipes in winter.
  9. Collect rainwater and use it.
  10. When going out or meeting, bring your own water cup or small-capacity bottled water to reduce the waste of remaining bottled water.
  11. Call for municipal and community construction to use permeable floor tiles and plant shrubs and trees to replace large areas of lawns.
  12. Appeal to collective bathrooms, boiled water rooms, use billing cards for bathing and fetching water.
  13. Do not throw garbage into rivers and lakes, and do not litter waste batteries to prevent pollution of natural water resources.