It is important that we use our water wisely and not waste it. It is a limited resource and as the population rises the demand for resources will increase. With climate change concerns, pervasive droughts, and high energy prices, nearly everyone is looking for ways to conserve resources and cut costs.
So, what can we do? Listed are some of the many ways to conserve water at home:
- Use water tanks to catch rainfall. Currently, most of the rain just gets washed down the drain.
- Make sure you’ve got a full load of laundry before you hit the ‘start’ button on the washing machine. Likewise, the dishwasher.
- Fix any dripping taps or leaky toilets.
- Buy efficient appliances. New appliances such as washing machines and dishwashers have water rating labels on them that tell you how much water they use.
- Insulate hot water pipes. This avoids wasting water while waiting for hot water to flow through and saves energy.
- Older style toilets use around 18 litres of water per flush! The latest ultra-low-flush toilets can use as little as 4.5 litres for a full flush and 3 litres for a half flush.
- Keep a container of water in the fridge so that you won’t need to run the water down the sink until it’s cool enough to drink.
- Washing fruit and vegetables in a half-filled sink instead of under running water is a great way to cut back on water wastage.
- Encourage your friends and neighbours to be part of a water-conscious community. Promote water conservation in community newsletters, on bulletin boards, and by example. Encourage your friends, neighbours and co-workers to “do their part.”
The toilet is one of the most water-intensive fixtures in the house. If there is a toilet leak, you might be wasting about 750 litres of water every day. Imagine flushing your toilet more than 50 times for no reason at all!
Common toilet problems
- Water Trickling into the Bowl, or “Phantom Flushes”
- Water Trickling into the Tank
- The Bowl Empties Slowly
- The Dreaded Clog
- Leaky Seals
Checking for toilet leaks can be difficult if you don’t know how to. You could try this very simple method to check for leakages:
- Remove the toilet tank lid.
- Drop one dye tablet or 10 drops of food colouring into the tank. (Dye tablets are often available for free through local water providers).
- Put the lid back on. Do not flush.
- Wait at least 10-15 minutes and then look in the bowl. If you see coloured water, you have a leak. If not, you don’t.
If you find any leaks or are having some doubts, you can contact the professionals. Mainline Plumbing & Cheap Hot Water & Gasthey are the plumbing and hot water specialists that can help you with advice and repair your toilet leaks.
Is your toilet leaking?
If so, that’s money just running down the drain!
Start saving both water and energy!
Save on your water bills and contact Mainline Plumbing & Cheap Hot Water & Gas, Bunbury’s Trusted Local Plumber today on 9791 1608 (Bunbury) or 9759 1317 (Dunsborough).