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5 Ways to Save Water in the Shower

5 Ways to Save Water in the Shower

The most substantial reduction in personal water use can be made in the bathroom

It is estimated that 40% of the average household’s water consumption is used in the bathroom. 

  1. Reduce your shower time. Two minutes for a normal shower, four minutes if you are washing your hair.
  2. Consider turning the shower off while you soap up and turn it on again only to rinse.
  3. Replace your showerhead with a water-efficient model such as a low flow showerhead
  4. Check faucets and pipes for leaks. Even a small leak can waste thousands of gallons per month.
  5. Keep faucet washers in good shape or use washerless faucets.
  6. Keep a bucket in the shower, you can save some water and feed your garden with this grey water.
  7. Don’t shave your legs in the shower, instead fill the basin with a few inches of water to rinse your razor.
  8. Install a shower egg timer. These simple little devices can help you monitor the length of your shower and help reduce the amount of water wasted.

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Science Notes

Low flow showerheads are a great water saving device and mandatory with most new installations. Most older shower heads will generally use up to 22 litres per minute, compared to a low flow showerhead which uses approximately 5.5 litres per minute. Even though the low flow showerheads use much less water, they still maintain good pressure. 

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