WATER is a necessity of life and so is money in this modern age. There are simple things which you can do to cut your water use that will save you money. People need the two things to survive.
Like other issues that affect your pockets, water usage and wastage also has an effect. It is only wise that people use water wisely as it would result in monetary savings for them. Today we give
you some hints on how water can be saved.
IT is a basic necessity of life and is used by everyone daily.
But many people do not keep a record of how much they use and whether it is being wasted.
Water, as we all know, is needed by every person daily, either for drinking, cooking or bathing.
It is also used for washing dirty utensils and dirty clothes, cleaning vehicles, in bakeries and factories to name a few places.
However, what is important is the need for people to check how much water they are using and how they can reduce water wastage.
According to the Consumer Council of Fiji, people should take a reading of their water meters as they would know how much water they are using.
For leak detection, the council says people should switch off all taps in their house including the toilet tap.
People should then check the water meter and watch the last number on the dial for between five and 10 minutes.
If the number changes, then it is an indication of a leak in the house or compound.
The council said people should also keep in mind certain things to ensure the water meter installed in their compound works properly and they are billed for their correct consumption.
It said people should ensure that their water meter is easily accessed by the meter reader and it is visible and not covered with rubbish, plants or soil.
"There are simple things you can do to cut your water use that will save you money," said the council.
"Fix dripping taps — they can waste as much as 90 litres of water a day.
"Don't let the tap run while brushing your teeth — you will save almost five litres of water per minute.
"Before buying a new water appliance, like a washing machine, check for its water efficiency rating."
The council said people should have a shower instead of a bath as showering takes a third less of the water than it takes to have a bath.
"Avoid using hoses or sprinklers which can use up to 1000 litres of water per hour.
"Instead collect rainwater in water tanks, gallons or buckets and use it for watering gardens, scrubbing and cleaning purposes around the house and washing your car."
The council said people can save money by using water wisely and ensuring that there is no wastage.