Water Saving Tips help reduce water wastage by 20-40%

Over 70% of the planet is covered with water, of which only 3% is usable and consumable. Out of this 3 %, 900 Million Liters of water is being wasted everyday adding to the scarcity of water. Amidst us wasting the water and the planet facing water crisis,  here are a few water saving tips.

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Water Saving Tips for Households

  • Keep the faucet turned off while you are brushing your teeth, shaving, washing your hands, doing dishes, and so on.
  • Turning off the shower while applying soap or shampoo.
  • While you are waiting for hot water, use a bucket or bowl to catch the cold water. This can be used to water the plants or refill the flushing tank or for other cleaning places.
  • Check for leaky faucets & plumbing. This usually helps save approximately 15% of your indoor water consumption.
  • Add some ink to your flush tanks and check if the toilet bowl is colored even when you have not flushed. If there is ink in the bowl, call a plumber to fix the leaky flushing system.
  • Install and use a dual flushing systems. Compared to conventional systems, these help save 30% water.
  • Install a garbage can inside bathrooms and powder rooms instead of disposing the trash into the toilet bowl.
  • Re-use grey water produced for watering plants or cleaning homes or cars or toilet flushing. (Grey water: Wastewater generated in households or office buildings i.e. all streams except for the wastewater from toilets)
  • Using Dishwashers and Washing Machines at full loads and optimum settings helps not waste water.
  • Faucets and Shower heads can fitted with low flow aerators. This adjustment impacts approximately 70% of household water use.

Water Saving Tips for Hotels & Restaurants

  • Most restaurants and hotels throw away half drank glasses of water in the waste water line without reusing them. In such scenarios, you can start saving 50% of drinking water by serving half a glass of water.
  • Wash your fruits and vegetables in a pan of water instead of running water from the tap.
  • While rinsing fruit and vegetables, collect the water you use and reuse it to water house plants.
  • Reuse leftover water from cooked or steamed foods to start a nutritious soup, it’s one more way to get eight glasses of water a day.
  • When washing dishes by hand, don’t let the water run. Fill one basin with wash water and the other with rinse water.
  • Commercial refrigerators and ice-makers are cooled with water. Upgrade to air-cooled appliances for significant water savings.

Some General Water Saving Tips

  • If your shower fills a small bucket in less than 20 seconds, replace the shower head with a  newer & efficient model.water your grass at the same time.
  • Use a commercial car wash that recycles water.
  • Insulate hot water pipes for more immediate hot water and energy savings.
  • Avoid distribution of packaged water in events or festivals. Over 50% of this packaged water is wasted.



For better water savings, you can start by determining your water footprint. You can check you water footprint here.