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Green challenges

Thinking global and acting local, Julie Grundy takes on any challenge we throw at her.

New challenge: saving water in the home

Tap flowing with water

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This month's challenge tackles an issue I've been meaning to do more about for ages: saving water in the house. I do a bunch of the usual water-saving things, but I think there's a lot of room for improvement for me. I hope you'll join me in this one and share your tips in the comments section, I'd love some good advice.

Everyone in Australia knows that most of the country is either beach or desert: that's either salty water or none at all! Very few areas get reliable rainfall, and those that do are full of people drinking, washing, cooking, swimming, and so on. We put a huge strain on our water sources, and in spite of water restrictions around the country, we're not doing as well as we could.

So let's get started on changing our habits. The best place to start is with the little things under our immediate control. There were some great water saving tips in this month's magazine, like:

  • Fix any leaking taps, and check your toilet for leaks too. They're annoying as well as wasteful!
  • Use a shower timer. I've got a little egg-timer style one from Ripple, but there are lots of different types to choose from. Or you could take Peter Garratt's advice, and sing a 3 minute song!
  • Don't leave the water running while you do everyday tasks like rinsing fruit-n-veg, brushing your teeth, or shaving.
  • Use your dishwashing water to rinse cans and jars that are going into the recycling bin, instead of using fresh water.
  • Defrost meat in the fridge overnight instead of running it under the tap for ages.
  • Take quick showers most days, and save the long soaks in the tub for a relaxing treat.

I think most Aussies understand how precious water is, and if we all share our tips for water-wise living, we can make a difference. Of course, there are bigger changes we can make, but most of those take a little money or become a weekend project, so we'll take a look at those next.

For now, I'm off to put some food colouring in our toilet cistern - I've got a feeling it's leaking, and I'm told that if I see the dye in the pan then I'll know it needs fixing.