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RAIN WATER: There are many simple ways to collect and minimise waste.

THE fast current changes in climate which many of us have personally witnessed over the last eight years, always seem to creep up on us. I am sadly not as prepared as I should be in the few occasions we have to collect rain water.

We have managed to improve some of the ways in which we collect rain water and minimise water waste in our home.

Here are a few simple ways that may help you…

  1. Add guttering to your home that leads to collection barrels.
  2. Use a bowl in the sink when washing fruit and vegetables, water your plants with it afterwards.
  3. Turn off the tap when cleaning your teeth. A running tap uses up to nine litres of water per minute.
  4. Wait until you have a full load before using your washing machine or dishwater, or handwash. Some new machines use less then seven litres per kilogram of clothes. Dishwashers can use 10 -15 litres of water each load.
  5. Collect your grey water, use a simple filter system to then use on your garden.
  6. If possible, have a shower rather than a bath. A five-minute shower uses around 40 litres of water.
  7. Use a watering can instead of a hosepipe or sprinklers. Garden sprinklers can use between 500 and 1,000 litres of water per hour.

In the garden:

  1. Plant draught resisting plants.
  2. Water with drip feed irritation systems.
  3. Use mulch and use small stones, pebbles, wood chippings etc.
  4. Mulch soft fruit bushes with grass cuttings, straw and composts.
  5. Place plant pots in the shade.
  6. Close plant flowers, shrubs and vegetables in beds to reduce weeds.

Please visit our website to read more about water saving tips and easy ways to make your own mulch to use in your gardens.

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