Water: there's plenty of it, right? Actually, no. Fresh water is in extremely limited supply around the world, which is why we've all heard about places where people are thirsty and food production is difficult. But water shortages and droughts are something we also know a lot about here in Australia. And as we all know too, water costs us a considerable amount of money in our everyday lives. So, to help the planet and your community and slash the size of your water bill as a bonus, here are three things you should be doing.
1. Changing your usage and behaviour
Put simply, it's the little things that we do every day and don't even think about it that add up to a huge amount of wasted water - a couple of hundred litres per person, per day. So when you run the tap when you brush your teeth - don't, because litres are simply going down the drain. In the habit of using the washing machine each day? Hold off until you can make up a full load. Fix that leaking tap that you've been ignoring, use a watering can instead of a hose for the garden, and take showers rather than baths.
As technology advances, more thought regarding energy and water efficiency is being put into the designs of the products we use every day. If your toilet system is getting old, install a water-saving solution. Consider installing water efficient taps and shower heads and flow restrictors, a rainwater tank, and look for washing machines and dishwashers with high star ratings.
If the 21st century is about one thing - it's innovation. Advances in science and technology have revolutionised agriculture, communications and transportation, and it's these innovative solutions that are the key to a better future - starting with teaching our kids all about being sustainable. So with that in mind, welcome to the Vegepod! When it comes to saving water while doing your home gardening, this raised garden bed kit reduces water use by 80% because it's self-watering, using a wicking system and nutrient recycling system that means plants can last weeks without you needing to add water. In all three categories above - behaviour, products and innovation - there are literally dozens upon dozens of other examples of how you can help the planet and your hip pocket with water-saving techniques. So, if you have a gem that you'd love to share, we'd love to hear from you!