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Sheer waste!

Don’t leave the tap running if you’re not using the water
CATS Classified In The Straits Times - April 11, 2011
By: Adele Ong
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Sheer waste!

In recent years, developments related to potable water have regularly made the news. The introduction of Newater, desalination plants to process seawater, and the increase of water catchment areas like reservoirs have been among the more prominent schemes.

Such excellent news, however, may have had one negative effect: some Singaporeans may now become more complacent about water wastage, as they think our nation no longer faces critical threats to its water supply.

But wasting water is a planet-damaging habit, not just something to be concerned about within our country. Wasting the planet’s resources is simply not acceptable, in these times of greater awareness about how badly humans have harmed the environment.

To play your part in conserving water, consider the following suggestions and ideas:

  • Turn off the flow of water while you are lathering up in the shower, shampooing, scrubbing the dishes, brushing your teeth, or soaping your hands. Don’t just leave the water running the whole time. Turn the water back on only when you are ready to rinse off or gargle.
  • Install water-saving devices in your taps at home. Such devices are available from the PUB.
  • Showering uses less water than filling a long bath – provided you keep your showering time down, rather than letting countless litres disappear down the drain. You can stand in the shower soaping and shampooing and buffing your skin for as long as you like – just don’t leave the tap running while you’re doing that!
  • Start up your washing machine only when you have a full load. To save electricity too, set the wash temperature to 30 degrees rather than 40. If your machine has a cold-wash option, use that for less-soiled loads.
  • Place a scoop in the sink, or a pail in the shower, to catch water that falls from hand-washing or showering. Use it to wash outdoor areas, or to flush toilets. If the soap or detergent in the water is not plant-unfriendly, it could even be used to water your plants.
  • Some of us pour away water that may have been left standing overnight in an uncovered cup, or water that guests did not finish drinking. Instead of doing that, give it to your plants and save on what would have gone into watering them.

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