What are you doing to save water in Israel?
10 easy to implement water saving tips.
Hebrew: עצות שימושיות לחיסכון במים
By: Tony's Plumbing
Anglo-List has joined the local campaign to create water consumption awareness and save this precious resource. Every year we hear that the level of our major water source, the Kinneret, is getting dangerously low and we are encouraged to save every bit. This week the Israel Water Authority has relaunched its campaign and is actively urging all citizens to save water.
Israel's water shortage is not new and one of the results of this has been the invention of water saving systems now in use all over the world - drip irrigation is just one example.
Join us, let's all do our bit to save every precious drop. Let's teach our children good water saving habits. A few minor changes can save huge quantities of water and cut your water bill too.
10 easy solutions
- Don't keep taps open and running unnecessarily; close the tap while soaping the dishes and then run the water for rinsing. Turn the water off while you soap yourself in the shower or while brushing your teeth. You'll be surprised at how much water you will save this way.
- It's tempting to turn the dishwasher on at the end of the day even if it is not completely full. Only run a cycle when the dishwasher if full and use the economy cycle wherever possible.
- The same goes for the washing machine - run a cycle only when the machine is full.
- Install a double flush system on your toilet; full-flush and half-flush. Older toilets that are not fitted with a double flush, use 9 liters of water every time. Newer toilets are designed to use 6 liters per flush or 3 liters when the half-flush is used. A family of four can save as much as 100 liters per day just by using the half-flush.
- Check toilets for leaks. Slow leaks may not seem like a big deal but they still cause plenty of wastage. Places to check: the base of the toilet, the main outlet pipe and the water cistern. Do your bit and get them fixed as soon as possible.
- Check the plumbing in your home (and garden). Close all the taps and then check your water meter - if there is a water leak, your water meter will continue to spin.
- Check the taps, under the bathroom basin and under the kitchen sink. You probably don't realize how much water gets wasted by leaking taps. Place a bucket under a leaking tap for just one day and see how much water collects.
- Install a water saving device on your taps (Heb: chascham - חסכם). This reduces the flow of water from your taps and you won't even notice the difference. Buy these at your local hardware store for a few shekels.
- Washing your car with a garden hose wastes water - fill a bucket with water and use that instead.
- Collect the water from your air-conditioner. Use this water your household plants and in the garden.
Remember to repair leaks straight away and when you install new taps, purchase a tap that has a water sensor and switches on/off automatically.
- Did you know that the term 'grey water' refers to the relatively clean waste water from baths, sinks, washing machines, and other kitchen appliances.
- The term 'black water' refers to waste water from toilets.
- The term 'brown water' refers to water that contains iron sediments.
- The term 'white water' refers to water that appears white or milky usually the result of air bubbles suspended in the water.