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'Tapps Aff’ this Weekend but Don’t Forget to Turn Your ‘Taps Off’

24 April 2020 12:21

The recent hot weather is a welcome positive and provides a wonderful escape from being inside.  

As we come into the weekend and another nice few days, NI Water is asking customers to make the most of the weather while also being mindful of their water usage.  Customers can be rest assured our reservoirs are 90% full, however, with the majority of us at home, there has been an increase on the demands being put on the water system.  

We would ask you to help us to keep the water flowing for everyone by keeping in mind the simple ways you can save water around the home while still having fun!    The easiest thing everyone can do is turn the tap off when you brush your teeth.  If everyone did that one simple action it would save 80 litres of water per day which is 29,000 litres per year!* 

NI Water’s Environmental Outreach & Learning Officer, Anna Killen, explains how we can save water by looking at everyday habits, “It’s amazing to think that each day each person uses around 155 litres of water!  However, saving water can be really easy, there are simple things we can all do that can make a huge difference. 
 “Keeping hydrated has never been more important and drinking water is a great way to improve our overall health. The best way to enjoy tap water is cold, so think about keeping a jug of water in the fridge instead of letting the tap run cold. 
“If you are lucky enough to have a garden and watering the plants in this lovely weather, fill a watering can and if using a hose, fit a trigger nozzle.  Watering early in the morning or late in the afternoon reduces evaporation. 
“With the gyms being closed, working out at home is the new norm. If showering after, why not try the 4 minute shower challenge, put on your favourite 4 minute song and see if you can finish before the end.”  
Water has never been more important with handwashing being a key weapon in the battle against COVID19.

Some water saving tips:
1 Turn off the tap when brushing your teeth - A running tap can use 6 litres of     water per minute. 
2 Use a bowl for washing vegetables - You can reduce water waste by using a bowl to wash and prepare your vegetables. Then you can reuse this water for plants. 
3 Make full use of your washing machine - Half load programmes on washing machines use more than half the water and energy of a full load, so wait until the machine is full before switching it on. 
4 Fix leaking taps - A dripping tap can waste more than 60 litres of water per week. 
5. Reuse Paddling Pool Water – why not use this water to hydrate plants, grass or wash your bins.
Although our planet is covered in water, only 1% of it is actually drinkable so it is important we conserve water now for our future generation of water users. Why not logon to our education site to find out more amazing facts about water. Test the kid’s knowledge through our ‘Water Facts Quiz’ where they can gain a water expert certificate.  

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