First of all, for those who need motivation for it, these are good reasons:
- Saving water saves money. Not a lot but crumbs are bread too.
- Israel has a water shortage so being a good Zionist means saving water. That saves the State a lot of money.
- Jordanians need water too and if we waste it here, they’ll have a harder time and war with them comes closer again. Even egocentric selfish people must take the needs of others into account, even if they are enemies who hate us.
- Wasting it means we don’t appreciate it. And taking our fortunes for granted is an ugly character trait that you don’t want to live by, show on your face or teach to the next generation.
How to Save Water?
The average citizen in the West uses unbelievable amounts of water. Estimates about domestic water consumption in Israel vary from 137 liters per person per day on average, about half of indoor water use in the United States, until 247 liters per day. There is no need for that at all.
- The cold run-off water that comes out before the warm water emerges you can put in a bucket. This is excellent pure water for washing floors, flushing toilets and watering plants.
- Could you shower over a large bucket? You can get wet, close the tab, soap yourself and rinse it off. That doesn’t need to take a lot of time or water. If you love the water streaming over your skin and find it hard to stop, give yourself a hug instead. With the shower water, no matter how dirty, with soap in it, you can safely flush toilets and water plants.
- Above, we discussed water to flush. But there is more. On close inspection, many toilets keep running slowly. When the rubbery ring inside the tank is old, it will start passing water at a few drops per ten seconds which adds up to 1000 liter per month! Because it flows into the pot, this often goes undetected. This you can identify when you haven’t pulled the chain for some time. Put a dry piece of toilet paper against the back of the inside of the pot above the water level in it. If it quickly soaks up water, the ring is leaking. Repair it, have it repaired and until that time, close the tap. This is possibly the greatest water saver.
- You may also follow Ed Koch’s advice: If it’s yellow, let it mellow; if it’s brown, flush it down. If you don’t do that and use the tank, you must have (or buy and install) a special button for a small flush. Unless you always want to use small flushing. Then you tighten the screw that stops the tank from filling up or place a rock or brick in the tank.
Close That Tab
- Don’t brush your teeth, wash the dishes, floors or car with the tab running. Use a cup, bowl, tub or bucket. Some Israelis forgot the broom but a garden hose is not for sweeping around the house. Don’t “clean” outside if it’s clean. (The old saying “When it’s wet, it’s clean” is untrue.)
- Do you really need to use a dishwasher? Washing dishes together has saved many a marriage. Only use the washing machine when it’s full. Don’t put in fabrics that are clean, like after spilling water on them.
Like this, you could never reach 137 liters of water consumption per person in one day even once! Even if you’d shower twice a day, scrub the floor daily, wash your car twice a week and eat soup every day.
- You must reproach others whom you see waste water. You first need to have shaped up yourself but once you did, others must follow. Try to be pleasant about it, don’t let it sound like you hate them, but say it.