Every drop counts please con­serve wa­ter this sum­mer

Bush Telegraph - - FOCUS ON FARMING -

With the Christ­mas hol­i­days nearly upon us, most peo­ple are al­ready look­ing for­ward to the hot sunny days ahead.

Tra­di­tion­ally it|s that time of year when we head to the beach or fill up our pools to cool off.

With fore­cast­ers al­ready pre­dict­ing a hot­ter than usual sum­mer, it|s a good time to think about con­serv­ing wa­ter. While wa­ter re­stric­tions some­times oc­cur dur­ing this time, we can all save wa­ter with a lit­tle thought.

It|s the lit­tle things that can make a dif­fer­ence when it comes to wa­ter con­ser­va­tion, such as turn­ing off the tap when clean­ing your teeth or wait­ing to use your wash­ing ma­chine un­til you have a full load.

One of the big­gest cul­prits when it comes to high wa­ter us­age is your shower, by short­en­ing your shower by a minute you can save up to 500 litres of wa­ter a month.

If you|re a keen gar­dener it|s un­der­stand­able you want to wa­ter your plants to stop them from dy­ing, how­ever wa­ter­ing your gar­den in the heat of the day can cause leaf burn and ex­ces­sive evap­o­ra­tion. Wait un­til a cooler time of the day be­fore wa­ter­ing plants, you|ll not only save wa­ter but save them as well. Use a hand held hose rather than leav­ing a sprin­kler on.

A drip­ping tap can waste up to 90 litres of wa­ter each week, so be a {leak de­tec­tive| and check your hoses, con­nec­tors and faucets reg­u­larly and if you spot a leak w get it fixed.

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