Let’s do our part in
conserving our water resources. Here are some practical tips.
Use only a glass of water
when brushing teeth.Yup, keeping the
faucet running while brushing one’s teeth wastes gallons of this precious
liquid. Using only a glass of water will no doubt conserve a lot of water.
Use the reliable pail or
tabo. Taking a bath? Well, don’t use the shower or the bath- tub just yet.
Indeed, gallons of water are wasted when lounging about a tub or taking a
quick douse. As DENR Sec. Elisea Gozun was quoted as saying, using a pail
and the tabo is still one of the best ways of conserving water.
Recycle water. Use rice
wash for watering plants in the garden. Although it’s environmentally
questionable to use laundry water on plants, you can use the sudsy liquid in
Place a brick in the water
closet. Since most Philippine households do not yet have environment
friendly water closets, why not place a brick instead inside the water
compartment to raise the water level. This will reduce the water
requirements of the good old w.c. Another trick is to fill a “litro”
bottle with pebbles in lieu of the brick.
Serve water only when
requested. Take a cue from restaurants and serve water only when requested
by guests. Some people don’t like water and would rather take their
liquids in the form of colas and juices. Chances are, when given the choice
of water, some people would only take a sip, leaving most glasses still
filled with the precious stuff.
Fix your faucet. Water
waste may come in several forms—such as leaky faucets. Believe it or not,
faucet leaks may waste as much as a half to a full gallon during the course
of a day. Indeed, what a waste!