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Aklan water district bats for water conservation

by Venus G. Villanueva

Kalibo, Aklan (17 May) -- The Metro Kalibo Water District (MKWD), major water provider in Kalibo and some adjoining towns in the province, is calling on all concessionaires to conserve water, and has come up with tips to avoid water wastage in order to cut down on water bills.

"We can do well in reducing our water bills by conserving or wisely using water, thus we could be spared of some pesos which we can use instead for our daily requirements," said the MKWD in a brochure it has circulated to its thousands of concessionaires.

The MKWD brochure gave water-saving tips when one is washing clothes and dishes, when cooking, when taking showers and flushing the toilet, washing hands, face and hair, brushing teeth and shaving, cleaning and watering plants.

The MKWD advised that when washing clothes, one must soak heavily-soiled clothes to remove dirt easily and save the rinse water for flushing the toilet or cleaning the yard. When using the washing machine, the individual must utilize the economy cycle instead of the normal cycle as it requires less water. In washing dishes, one should wash lightly greased dishes, glasses, cups, saucers first before the greasy ones like plates, bowls, pots, pans and utensils.

When one is cooking, he or she must use a basin when washing vegetables, fruits and other food, and not wash them under a running faucet.

One shouhe shower longer than necessary, shutting off the tap while soaping up. Unnecessary flushing should also be avoided, and the toilet bowl should not be used as an ashtray or wastebasket.

"Every cigarette butt or tissue flushed into the toilet bowl use 5 to 7 gallons of water," the brochure stated.

One must also turn the faucet off while brushing the teeth and shaving, and should use a glass instead when brushing or rinsing off the razor.

When cleaning, one must use a broom instead of a hose to clean the driveway or sidewalk. Using a hose wastes 50 gallons of water in five minutes. A bucket and mop should be used instead. When washing a car, using the running hose should be avoided. A pail should be used when rinsing.

Using a watering can or sprinkler, watering plants in the morning or in the evening are the tips when watering plants. Plants should not be watered at noon because water dries up easily during noontime.

The MKWD also suggested to Aklanons to save the wash or rinse water for flushing the toilet, watering the plants or cleaning driveways; and turning off a running tap when not in use.

"Don't allow a tap to run unattended", was its final reminder.

The MKWD has assured its concessionaires in Kalibo and other adjoining towns that it has enough water to supply them despite the onslaught of the El Niņo that has affected water sources in some parts of the province. (PIA) [top]

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