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Save water! That's the buzzword

Water is finite. Actually freshwater. It isn't an endless reservoir from which one can go on drawing to our heart's desire. Increasingly we have to realise that even the State can't do much. A major change in the consumption pattern is the need of the hour.

india Updated: May 12, 2003 12:39 IST
PTI

Water is finite. Actually freshwater. It isn't an endless reservoir from which one can go on drawing to our heart's desire. Increasingly we have to realise that even the State can't do much. A major change in the consumption pattern is the need of the hour.

Given below are a list of ways to save water.

Kitchen
* When washing dishes by hand, don't let the water run while rinsing. Fill one sink with wash water and the other with rinse water.

* Evaporative coolers require a seasonal maintenance checkup. For more efficient cooking, check your evaporative cooler annually.

* Keep a pitcher of water in the refrigerator instead of running the tap for cold drinks.

* Wash your produce in the sink or a pan that is partially filled with ware instead of running water from a tap.

* When you shop for a new appliance, keep in mind that one offering several different cycles will be more water and energy-efficient.

* Don't use running water to thaw food.

* Soak your pots and pans instead of letting the water run while you scrape them clean.

* Kitchen sink disposals require lots of water to operate properly. Start a compost pile as an alternate method of disposing food waste instead of using a garbage disposal. Garbage disposals can add 50% to the volume of solids in a septic tank, which can lead to malfunctions and maintenance problems.

* Use sprinklers that throw big drops of water close to the ground. Smaller drops of water and mist often evaporate before they hit the ground.

* More plants die from over-watering than from under-watering. Be sure only to water plants when necessary.

First Published: May 10, 2003 16:36 IST