Using water in a household with forethought is not only a question of money, but also of ecology and will give to say that even ethics. The UN states that up to 15 % of the world's population does not have access to drinking water, or it is of poor quality and thus endangers human health. It is therefore absolutely essential to think about wasting water.


According to data published by the Czech Statistical Office, the average Czech consumed in 2017
87.9 liters of water per day. The highest water consumption is in Prague, which according to available information
exceeds 109 liters per person per day. It saves the most water in the Zlín Region, where it is consumed
even 33 liters smaller than average.

A few years ago, the United Nations came up with a catastrophic scenario that we have
threatens if we do not begin to address the situation. According to scientists, as early as 2030, water supplies may
reduce by up to 40 %, bringing them to a critically low level. The UN also warned against
increasing contamination of groundwater sources with heavy metals and substances used
in agriculture and industry. Landfill disposal and wastewater treatment are also a problem,
as well as climate change.

There is perhaps no need to mention the consequences of water scarcity. Much
it is more important to start acting. Therefore, we bring you some tips on how to reduce water consumption
Household. It's not that hard and no one else will do it for us. As they say, even small steps
they mean a big change. If we are not the only ones…

How to reduce water consumption in the home

1. Prefer a shower before a bath
Although it does not seem so, the difference between a shower and a bath is in terms of water consumption,
huge. Just to give you an idea - you will use 30-50 liters of water for a normal shower, but for
bath it can be up to three times more.

2. Get smart helpers
If you don't have them at home, invest in exchanging smart helpers to help you
save water consumption. Such an economical shower tap can save you up to 45 % of consumption
water. Lever cocks are better than classic taps, which have two handles. Take
You can also get an aerator, which is a priceless helper. Thanks to the regulation of the water flow and
its aeration saves money and prevents waste. For the convenience of washing hands or dishes
it will not be reflected in any way. A standard tap can flow up to 12-15 liters per
minute. However, according to the manufacturer's information, you can get 6 liters with the aerator. Average
a family of four can thus save up to 10,000 liters of water per year.

You can also save on the toilet, not only because you have a choice of two flushing options
(small for 3 liters, large for 6 liters). On the market today you can get the so-called toilet stop, which is a device
which allows you to accurately dispense the amount of water used. With each flush it saves in
an average of 30 % water (but has up to 70 % potential). Simply place it in the flush
tanks and "magic" is born. The toilet stop also prevents the toilet from flowing.

3. Stop washing dishes by hand
In contrast to the dishwasher, which consumes a maximum of 15 liters of water for the entire washing program, for washing
the same amount of dishes will consume about 40 liters. And that's a really big difference. If
you do not plan to buy a dishwasher, so it is good to remember that if you wash dishes under
with a stream of water, so stop it continuously or reduce the current. However, it is much better
soak the sink and wash the dishes in it and, if necessary, just rinse it.

4. Do not waste water waiting for the cold
Who wouldn't know. You want to get tap water, but first let the hot water run off and
you wait until it starts to flow cold. Whoever drinks hot water will make sense. Forget about
old habits and try to pour water into a bottle or carafe and let it cool in the refrigerator.
It will taste the same (maybe better) and you will save.

5. Boil only as much water as you need
A common mistake that unknowingly wastes water is that we heat more water than
it is a need. For example, instead of water for one cup of tea, heat the water as for three cups and
pour the unused residue. Also, do not boil with more water than you need,
and measure the water. A good option is steam cooking, in which case you use less
amount of water and as a bonus you get a more nutritious food.

6. Do not allow water to flow unnecessarily
Keep this in mind every time you shower, wash your hands or brush your teeth. Don't leave
flow water unnecessarily. Especially if you have small children, they need to be held accountable. However
you know that. What you learn in youth…

7. Do not wash unnecessarily
Prádlo perte, jen když je to potřeba. Využít můžete i různé speciální Eko programy, které snižují spotřebu vody i energie. Disponují jimi například vybrané pračky od značky Philco.

8. Use rainwater in the garden
If you have a garden, be sure to get a barrel or barrel to catch the rainwater. Here
you can use for watering. If you do not have such a large garden, we recommend it
water the cans because you really consume as much water as you need. Evaporation
moisture is prevented by mulching. The mulch bark not only protects the plants, but also looks nice.
It is also worth buying self-watering pots to help you with plants
do not spill unnecessarily.

For lighted savers

The above eight tips should not be taken as something "extra", but should be the norm,
which we all adhere to. But if you want to go even further, you can be inspired
by thirty-five-year-old Erika from Prague. "I have lived abroad for several years and I am well aware that
that water is not a matter of course for everyone in the world. I also try to lead my children to this.

So we don't flush after every little need, but maybe after every fourth need. I don't wash either
vegetables and fruits under running water. The water I use to wash them is then watered
flowers. If I mop the floor, I keep the used water for rinsing. They are more
such little things, but they seem normal to me, "he says.

Another tip to save water is to limit the consumption of certain foods. The British daily The
The Guardian published an article stating that while the animal industry consumes on
a kilogram of food is between 5000-20000 liters of water, for plant it is 500-4000 liters
water. That is why many ecologists are calling for a reduction in meat consumption. Similarly disturbing
a high number also applies to the production of clothing.

Finally, we must mention that wastewater pollution must also be considered. Residual oils
or colors definitely do not belong in the sink or toilet. But you know for sure. Or not?

Take matters into your own hands and try not to take water for granted. Although probably
you won't catch water in a bucket and then water her toilet, never mind. They have even small changes
meaning.

World Water Day

March 22 has been declared World Water Day since 1993. He was declared by the UN in Brazil as
a reminder that more than a billion people do not have access to quality drinking water.



"It is much more important to start acting"

"If you have a garden, be sure to get a barrel or barrel to catch the rainwater"

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