How to reduce your water footprint

Adopt daily water saving habits to reduce your water footprint!
  • Choose a quick shower over filling your bathtub with water.
  • Don’t let the water run needlessly while you brush your teeth, shave or wash your hands.
  • Immediately repair any malfunctions in the flushing cistern or the tap.
  • If your flush is old, replace it with a new dual low or large flow flush . Otherwise, you can place a full plastic bottle or little bags full of water in the flashing cistern, to reduce the volume of the water flushed.
  • Use the washing machine only when full. Otherwise, adjust the amount of water to the volume of the load for wash.
  • While hand-washing the dishes, fill the sink or a bowl with water and detergent. Rinse quickly and in low flow. Use the dishwasher only when full.
  • Wash fruits and vegetables in a bowl of water rather than under the running tap. Then, use this water to water your plants.
  • Include more vegetarian meals in your diet and reduce meat consumption, as a very larger amount of water is required in animal husbandry than in vegetable cultivation.
  • Don’t over-water your garden and choose your watering time early in the morning, when temperatures and wind speeds are lower. This way water loss due to evaporation is reduced.
  • Prefer climate-resilient plants and avoid planting a lawn since it requires large amounts of water.
  • If you wash your car yourselves, rinse it with water from a bucket instead of a hose. It is preferable to wash it in places with grass. If you wash it in a car wash, choose special pressure washer machines that save water.
  • Prefer the use of public transport.