By Karen Thuranira

It has been proven that the most efficient way to use water is by use of efficient fixtures, smart meters and even sensors.

I recently had a chat with a colleague who was telling me about this new gadget he was about to install in the washrooms of a commercial building. This gadget had the ability to sense motion then trigger the flow of water into the washrooms. Water would only flow from the taps and into the toilet tanks if the gadget sensed motion! How amazing.  We shall soon introduce this gadget here.

Meanwhile, there are many other ways to reduce the amount of water we use in our day to day activities. They Include;

Install a water meter. By doing this, you will raise your awareness of water usage and consequently reduce wastage.

How do you clean your car? Using a bucket and sponge rather than running the hose saves a lot of water.

Some people enjoy drinking water from a running tap. How about using a glass or a water bottle instead?

Use reusable water bottles. This will help you avoid throwing water bottles away while they still have water inside. It also helps reduce plastic pollution.

Use the shower and not always a bath – To fill a bath you need many gallons of water. Avoid this and take a quick shower instead. Better still, shower with a friend.

If you have to use a bath, have it partially filled.

Avoid taking a looooong shower.

When soaping in the shower, get into a habit of closing the shower tap.

Do you close the tap when you are brushing your teeth? Or do you leave the tap running until you are done? Maybe this is one of the reasons your water bill is always on the rise.

Using a watering can to water your vegetable garden, lawn or flowers instead of hose pipe saves a lot of water.

Use a basin or close the sink tab when washing dishes.

Fix all the leaks

Ensure all the taps are closed tightly before you go to bed and even after using them

Reuse waste water where possible. You can water your plants with the waste water from rinsing dishes

If you need to water your garden/lawn etc do it during early morning or late evening when it’s not too windy

Harvest rainwater for use around the house and watering plants

Keep a bottle of water in the refrigerator to avoid the habit of running tap water to cool it for drinking.

Gentlemen, when shaving kindly don’t leave the taps running

Put sand, pebbles or even fill a bottle of water and place it in the toilet tank. If the toilet tank is very big, put 2 bottles. This may save you up to 5 gallons of water every day.

Install a water saving shower head or flow restrictors to avoid too much water wastage while in the shower.

Don’t use your toilet as a waste basket. When you throw unnecessary trash into the toilet, a lot of water is used to flush it away.

When using a washing machine, make sure you are washing a full load of laundry. Also, use cold water instead of warm water and hang your clothes outside or on a drying rack.

If possible, cover your swimming pool.  Using a pool cover at night during warm weather helps prevent evaporation.

Eat less meat and dairy. Growing animal feed uses tons of water, not to mention the amount of water used in the rest of the meat and dairy production process.

Eat less processed foods. Every step needed to process food uses lots of water. By eating fresher food, not only will you cut down on your water footprint, but you’ll also feel healthier.

Reuse and recycle products. It takes hundreds of gallons of water to produce everything from a t-shirt to a ream of paper.

Plant drought resistant shrubs, lawns and plants to avoid watering them every now and then

When taking drinking water in a glass, only take what you need and avoid pouring the remaining water down the drain.

Do less laundry.

Use the correct water saving buttons for the toilets.