The UK has seen some unprecedented weather this summer with soaring temperatures and many areas experiencing days and weeks without rain. In July the Met Office shared some pictures taken from space and compared them to those taken back in the spring. The difference is quite incredible as England turned from a green and pleasant land to a land of brown! To view these images and also see how the weather has affected other famous landmarks such as Buckingham Palace and Hyde Park visit the BBC website: https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/in-pictures-44885493
With Northern Ireland seeing its first hose pipe ban in 40 years, without some substantial rainfall other parts of the UK are bound to follow. So what can we do to use as little water as possible during these dry periods?
Around the home
There are small changes you can make to your daily routine that will help reduce your daily water consumption. Here’s some small changes you can make that will help:
- Turn the tap off when you brush your teeth and when you wash your hands.
- Leaking toilets. Surprisingly this is one of the most common causes of high water consumption in the UK and it’s very easy to detect. Visit Waterwise by following this link for further details on how to test if your toilet is leaking: http://www.waterwise.org.uk/save-water/
- Take a shower instead of having a bath. Not only a great way to save water but showering will also help you save money on your energy bill!
- If you don’t have a shower and bath instead, you can still save water by reducing the amount of water in your bath and also by reusing the water in your bath for other things such as watering your garden or washing your car.
- Makes sure you only use your dishwasher when it’s full.
In the garden
If you’re an avid gardener, dry conditions will be your worst nightmare but there are things you can do to save water and still make sure your fruit, flowers and veg keep blossoming.
- If your grass starts turning brown don’t worry, it will recover after rainfall. Avoid using sprinklers as they can use 1,000 litres per hour, which is as much as a family of four use in one day!
- Try and use watering cans instead of hosepipes as this will reduce the amount of water you use and will also ensure you get the water where you need it in the correct quantities.
- Buy a water butt! You may not be able to capture rainwater now but buying one for the future will really help reduce your water consumption. There are many different shapes, sizes and designs available so have a look around to see which model would suit your home and garden. You can even order online from websites such as Rainclear who will also be able to advise you about the different pipes you will need to purchase.
- You can also add mulch and bark around your garden which will help reduce evaporation by up to 75%.