This month's 'Sustainable Me' challenge is to reduce our water use.
You would think in clean, green New Zealand that we wouldn't need to worry about this but our fresh water resources are becoming more and more under pressure. OSOF (Our Seas Our Future) says that pollution from agriculture, runoff from increasing urbanization and antiquated sewer systems has created un-swimmable rivers. And the looming uncertainties of climate change bring further concern for this vital resource.
The average Auckland household uses 174 litres of water per day in winter and slightly more in summer, it's been broken down by:
31% showers and baths
With just a little bit of thought we can make a big difference to reducing our water use. Reduce, Ruse and Recycle applies to water too!
Here's What The Challenge Suggests:
Beginner: Find one or two basic water-reducing behaviours such as shorter showers, turning the tap off when brushing teeth and washing hands, etc.
Step it up: Find a bigger way to reduce your household water such as checking for plumbing leaks, installing low-flow taps and shower heads, etc.
Want more? Get involved in a local advocacy group or join a group planting plants around water ways.
Every little bit (or drop) helps!
See the OSOF website to read more tips
Read more about:
- The Sustainable Me Challenge
- January Challenge - reducing one use plastic
- February Challenge - drive less
- March Challenge - reduce personal care product footprint
- April Challenge - preserve fresh produce
- May Challenge - reduce energy usage
- June Challenge - reduce non-recyclable paper tissue waste
- July Challenge - reduce plastic use