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Make a Clear Differe
Water conservation - MAKE A CLEAR DIFFERENCE  


We need to look at our behaviour patterns and become more aware of the water we use. Changing our habits and the way we use things is often hard to do. But you don't have to make major changes to your lifestyle.
Before using water, allow yourself the time to think about how often and how much you u
se. Our day-to-day routine revolves around drinking, washing, cleaning and cooking with water. These rituals remain but the way in which we use water, in each of these routines, can be altered to make a difference to our consumption and our longer term awareness of usage.
So next time you fill the bucket to mop the floor, turn on the shower and then run for the phone, or leave the hose running whilst you wash the car, think carefully about what you are doing. You can help save our water, not waste it.
WATEEN was created to help everyone become more aware of the water that they use. We believe that what we do, what we say and how we act can develop a change in our community. Help yourself, teach a friend or educate your children. It will all make a difference. It will all create a hope for better future.
Some statistics to make you think - 30% of water use in the home is in the shower. 


Here are some points worth consideration results in water wasteage

    Having a bath can use twice as much water as a shower.
    Leave the tap running and you will waste 15 litres of water a minute.
    Retro showerheads use about 20 litres of water per minute.

    AAA rated showerheads use about 11 litres of water per minute.


Saving water in and around the house


We can’t think of a better place to start to use water wisely than in our own homes. It's where we spend most of our time and where we have the most control over how things are done. 


In the kitchen


Only use your  dishwasher when it is full

•    Use an aerator and/or a water flow-reducer attachment on your tap to reduce your water usage
•    Always turn taps off tightly so they do not drip
•    When hand-washing dishes, never run water continuously
•    If you have an electric dishwasher, use it only to wash full loads, and use the shortest cycle possible. Many dishwashers have a conserver/water-miser cycle
•    When cleaning fruit and vegetables, never do so under a continuously running tap. Wash them in a partially filled sink and then rinse them quickly under the tap
•    Keep a bottle of drinking water in your refrigerator instead of running your tap until the water gets cool each time you want some water.

In the bathroom


About 65% of indoor home water use occurs in our bathrooms, and toilets are the single greatest water users

•    You can reduce water usage by about 20% by placing a weighted plastic bottle filled with water in the water tank of your toilet. Low-cost "inserts" for the toilet tank are an alternative to plastic bottles. With a toilet insert, a family of four could save 45,000 litres of water per year.
•    Toilet inserts are available at most hardware and plumbing supply stores
•    You can reduce water usage by 40% to 50% by installing low-flush toilets
•    Flush your toilet only when really necessary. Never use the toilet as a garbage can to dispose of cigarette butts, paper tissues, etc.
•    Never flush rubbish of any kind down the toilet. Household cleaners, paints, solvents, pesticides, and other chemicals can be very harmful to the environment. And paper nappies, dental floss, plastic tampon holders, etc. can create problems at sewage treatment plants
•    Check regularly for toilet tank leaks into the toilet bowl by putting a small amount of food colouring into the tank and observing whether it spreads to the bowl without flushing
•    Repair leaks promptly. Ensure that the float ball is properly adjusted so that the tank water level does not exceed the height of the overflow tube
•    Regularly check for leaks at the base of your toilet and have any promptly repaired
•    When washing or shaving, partially fill the sink and use that water rather than running the tap continuously. (This saves about 60% of the water normally used.) Use short bursts of water to clean razors
•    When brushing your teeth, turn the water off while you are actually brushing instead of running it continuously. Then use the tap again for rinsing and use short bursts of water for cleaning your brush. (This saves about 80% of the water normally used.)
•    Always turn taps off tightly so they do not drip
•    Use aerators and/or water flow-reducer devices on all your taps
•    Use either low-flow shower heads or adjustable flow-reducer devices on your shower heads. (They reduce flow by at least 25%.)
•    Short showers use less water than baths, but if you still prefer bathing, avoid overfilling the bath

In the laundry room


Only use full loads in your washing machine

•    Wash only full loads in your washing machine
•    Use the shortest cycle possible for washing clothes, and use the "suds-saver" feature if your machine has one
•    If your washer has an adjustable water-level indicator, set the dial to use only as much water as is really necessary
•    If you have a septic system, spread out your washing to avoid heavy-use days that could overload the system
•    Use only cleaning products that will not harm the environment when they are washed away after use. Look for "environmentally friendly" products when shopping
•    Promptly repair any leaks around the taps, hoses, or fittings of your washer, or the taps of your laundry sink .

Around the House

•    Check recently purchased water appliances such as hoses, washing machines and dish washers regularly in the days after installation to ensure no leaks are occurring.
•    On a regular basis check your water meter to detect hidden sub-surface leaks. You can find out how to check for leaks here.
•    Some hot water systems, including solar panels, air conditioning units, reverse cycle systems and pool solar heating have pressure relief valves and overflow outlets which release water. This water should be diverted away from the house to avoid damage; consider re-using this water on gardens or lawns to keep them healthy.
•    When backwashing pools, divert the water to gardens and lawns instead of the sewerage system


Save More Water - 20 simple tips outlined to save water


The 20 simple tips to save water are as follows:

1.    Stop Leakage of water from taps. Around 30 liters of water is wasted by a slow dripping tap in 24 hours.
2.    Use the minimum amount of water needed for bath.
3.    Don’t waste dirty water .You can use that dirty water to water your plants.
4.    Water your garden during early morning or late evening so as to reduce the evaporation.
5.    Wash vegetables and fruits in Bowl rather than washing them under tap.
6.    Don’t leave the tap open while brushing you teeth or shaving.
7.    Wash clothes only when there is full load.
8.    Consider using a car duster to remove dust instead of pressure hose.
9.    Avoid installation of fountains and other ornamental water features.
10.    Prefer broom instead of sprinklers to clean your sidewalks and streets.
11.    Don’t flush the toilet unnecessarily and use toilet paper as much as possible.
12.    Try to cover your swimming pool when not in use to reduce evaporation.
13.    Upgrade older toilets with water efficient models.
14.    Try to use Commercial car wash service which recycle water.
15.    Promote the conservation of water with posters and media.
16.    Use Dip irrigation method for irrigation purposes.
17.    Install a rain sensor system on irrigation to save water while its raining.
18.    Teach your children to turn off your faucets tightly after each use.
19.    Implement rainwater harvesting systems to collect rain water and use it in future.
20.    Choose shrubs and groundcovers instead of turf for hard-to-water areas such as steep slopes and isolated strips.


Some facts and figures (Water Consumption)

•    The production of one kilogram of beef requires 16 thousand litres of water.
•    To produce one cup of coffee we need 140 litres of water.
•    The water footprint of China is about 700 cubic meter per year per capita. Only about 7% of the Chinese water footprint falls outside China.
•    Japan with a footprint of 1150 cubic meter per year per capita, has about 65% of its total water footprint outside the borders of the country.
•    The USA water footprint is 2500 cubic meter per year per capita.


Please feel free to contact us at any time with any inquiry. We're only too happy to help with technical questions, product questions, customer support, or if you're just not sure what to do about your water. If contacted by email, we guarantee a meaningful response within 48 hours.  When you call between the hours of 9am - 5pm Eastern, you can speak with a Water Quality Association Certified Water Specialist.