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Feature: Simple things you can do to save water at home

Puerto Princesa City (26 January) -- The latest El Niņo advisory of PAGASA warns of warmer days as the El Niņo episode persists and reached moderate strength. Water levels in the watershed areas and reservoirs are expected to dry up. This early we need to be mindful of our water consumption and avoid its wasteful use.

Below are simple ways we can do to save water at home.

1. Turn off the faucet/tap when brushing your teeth, washing your face, washing your hands and shaving. This saves 4-5 gallons a day.

2. Don't take marathon showers. Five minutes will already get you clean.

3. Teach household members particularly children to turn off faucets tightly to avoid leaks.

4. Keep a bucket or pail in the bathroom and laundry area for gray water and use this for flushing the toilet, cleaning floors, watering plants or dampening dusty roads.

5. Repair immediately dripping, trickling, oozing faucets and showerheads. Worn-out washers are the usual main cause of these leaks and a new one generally costs cheaper than the increase in your bill. Also, monitor your water bill for nusually high use. Your bill and water meter are tools that can help discover water leaks.

6. When washing dishes, don't let the water run while rinsing. Use a small basin or "palanggana" and recycle the wash water for other household cleaning use.

7. Spreading a layer of organic mulch around plants retains moisture and saves water, time, and money.

8. Don't use running water to thaw food. Defrost food in the refrigerator for water efficiency and food safety.

9. When doing laundry, match the water level to the size of the load. Organize laundry schedule to ensure full load for the washing machine.

10. Use a bucket when washing your car, motorcycles, bicycles. Using a water hose waste about 100 gallons of water.

11. Plant drought-tolerant plants or vegetables.

12. Water gardens early in the morning to cut down on evaporation. (PIA) [top]

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