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Water Saving Tips
Nairobi Water Company would like to advise customers to practice basic tips to help conserve the available water during the current water shortage
- Do not leave taps dripping. Fix leaks immediately and replace leaking washers. A slow dripping tap can waste up to 30 litres of water a day. A new washer costs less that 10 shillings.
- When washing dishes, rinse off in a sink partially filled with water instead of using running water
- Fill your kettle only with the amount of water you need. It will help to cut down on both water and electricity bills.
- Vegetables and fruits should be washed in a bowl rather than under a running tap. Re-use this water for cleaning or watering house plants.
- Soak your dirty pots and pans instead of letting the water run while you scrape them clean.
- Store drinking water in a bottle in the refrigerator instead of turning a tap on each time you want to drink water.
- Do not leave the tap running when you brush your teeth, shave or wash your hands. This can waste more than 5 litres of water every minute.
- Turning the tap off or putting the plug in the sink will reduce water wastage. Use a glass of water to rinse when brushing your teeth.
- It is far better to shower than to run a bath. A bath uses about 200 litres of water while a shower cuts down on water usage by 66%.
- Reduce your shower times by one minute. One person taking a five minute shower everyday will use more than 20,000 litres per year.
- Re-use water, instead of pouring water down the drain, use it to flush your toilet or water your garden or pot plants. Place a bucket in the shower to catch excess water.
- Check toilets regularly for leaks, a simple toilet leak can waste up to 200 litres of water each day. To check for a leak put a few drops of food colorant in your cisten and wait for 30 minutes. If the water in the bowl changes colour, you have a leak.
- Do not put anything down the toilet besides toilet paper. Do not use your toilet as an ash tray or waste basket.
- Using a watering can instead of a hose will reduce water wastage, a water sprinkler in the garden uses almost as much water in an hour as a family of four will use in a day.
- About 90,000 litres of rain water falls in a typical roof each year. That’s enough to fill 450 - 2,000 litre drum of water. Installing a simple rain water harvesting system will save water, besides garden plants prefer rainwater to tap water.
- Do not hose down your driveway or paved areas. Use a broom to sweep leaves and other debrils from these areas.
- Check regularly for unseen water leaks. To detect a potential leak, carry out the following test; record your metre reading, then wait for about two hours when no water is being used before taking the reading again. If the reading remains exactly the same, then you can be sure that there is no leak. If a leak within your property, call a licensed plumber.
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