Tips to help you be wa­ter­wise in the home

Whitsunday Times - - DOMAIN -

More and more peo­ple across Queens­land are switch­ing on to the wa­ter­wise mes­sage with daily house­hold wa­ter con­sump­tion con­tin­u­ing to drop.

Real Es­tate In­sti­tute of Queens­land (REIQ) ex­ec­u­tive man­ager Leonie Fos­ter said Queens­lan­ders were tak­ing the wa­ter­wise mes­sage on­board.

“From your kitchen to your back­yard, there are many ways peo­ple can be wa­ter­wise around the home. And be­ing wa­ter­wise saves you money, helps save the en­vi­ron­ment and con­serves valu­able re­sources.”

The REIQ is work­ing in part­ner­ship with the En­vi­ron­men­tal Pro­tec­tion Agency (EPA) to pro­mote sus­tain­able hous­ing prac­tices.

The EPA rec­om­mends ways of be­ing wa­ter­wise in the kitchen:

- When hand wash­ing dishes, don’t rinse them un­der run­ning wa­ter. If you have two sinks, fill the sec­ond one with rins­ing wa­ter. If you only have one sink, stack your washed dishes in a dish rack and rinse them with a bowl of wa­ter;

- Choose a dish­washer with a high wa­ter ef­fi­ciency rat­ing – the more stars, the more ef­fi­cient the ap­pli­ance;

- Don’t run the dish­washer un­til you have a full load;

- Don’t let the tap run when clean­ing vege- ta­bles – just rinse them in a plugged sink or a bowl of clean wa­ter;

- Keep a bot­tle of drink­ing wa­ter in the re­frig­er­a­tor. Run­ning the tap un­til it is cool is waste­ful;

- Tap aer­a­tor de­vices are in­ex­pen­sive and can re­duce wa­ter flow by 50 per cent; and

- Com­post food scraps and use garbage dis­posal units spar­ingly as they con­sume about 30 litres of wa­ter a day.

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