Guyana Water Incorporated

Water Conservation

Water Conservation

Oprah Winfrey, the world’s famous talk show hostess, once remarked on one of her shows how a visit to Africa had revolutionised her attitude towards water wastage. She pointed out, before her visit she would leave the water running while brushing her teeth without any concern whatsoever regarding this waste. Now she would on purpose turn off her tap. It had become extremely important for her NOT to waste water. She had also spoken about the long showers she took.

Over one billion persons around the world do not have access to safe drinking water. And all life known on earth depend on water for its existence.

By implementing the following Water Conservation Tips you can also join the world in saving water:

* Turn off taps when not in use
* Fill your sink with water for rinsing dishes instead of having the water flowing all the time
* Fill your sink or other suitable container with water for washing fruits and vegetables

* Turn off tap while brushing your teeth
* Carry out regular checks for leaks and repair them promptly
* Avoid using caustic toilet bowl cleaners such as tank tablets as these tend to damage plastic and
rubber toilet parts and cause severe leaks

* Take shorter showers. A typical shower lasts for about 8 minutes and uses around 17 gallons of
water. An efficient shower lasts for around 3 to 4 minutes and uses about 8 gallons of water
* Turn off tap while soaping or shampooing
* Check for and repair leaks

* Only fill the tub with the amount of water necessary for the purpose. Babies, small children, and pets
require less water
* Make sure tub drain plug does not leak. Replace plug or plug washer if necessary

* Operate washing machines only with full loads. A full load is the most efficient way to wash clothes.
* If water setting on your machine can vary, then use the minimum required
* Pre-treat stains to avoid rewashing
* Use the shortest wash cycle for lightly soiled clothes

Outdoor Cleaning
* Using water to hose down sidewalks, driveways, and pavements is wasteful and unnecessary,
particularly in a drought. You can use a broom to clean.
* Use a spray nozzle with a cutoff handle on your hose so water does not flow continuously
* Check your hose connections often for leaks. Place a hose washer between the hose bib and the
hose to eliminate leaks in that area.
* Rake and sweep leaves – do not hose them away

* If you water too frequently, you are encouraging shallow roots. By spreading out your watering, you
can help your plants to establish deeper roots that will help them survive drought periods.
* Make sure you only water when the sun is down to reduce evaporation losses
* Check your main supply line for leaks. To detect a leak you must shut down all water use inside your
home and be certain there are no leaks indoors. Once you have done this, you can use your water
meter to see if any water continues to flow into your system.

Pool and Spa
* Use a pool cover. It will reduce water loss due to normal evaporation.
* Repair any swimming pool leaks. Even a small leak in either pool equipment or the pool’s structure
represents a substantial waste. In fact, an inch-a-day leak in a 15-by-30 foot pool can waste
approximately 102,000 gallons of water per year.
* If heated, reduce your pool and spa water temperature. Warmer water evaporates more quickly.
* Shut down unnecessary fountains and waterfalls. The effect of aeration loses a significant amount of
water to evaporation.
* Manually clean your filter. You will do a more thorough job and use less water. The average
backwash uses between 250 to 1000 gallons of water – without completely cleaning your filter.
* When filling your pool, be sure to keep an eye on your water level. Forgetting to shut off can result
in a costly waste of water.

Water is life! Don’t waste it!