Where are the April showers?

A garden hose pistol

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We are already over half way through April and there has been no sign of those spring showers traditionally associated with the early spring weather. Weather men say that the dry spell is set to continue. Gardens are drying out, some newspapers are showing pictures of low reservoirs and there is already talk of hose pipe bans. As part of our occasional series on hints and tips we take a look at how you can save water and beat the ban:

  • Ensure that you repair dripping taps and ball cocks.
  • Don’t leave the tap running when you brush your teeth and make sure you wash fruit and veg in a bowl instead of under a running tap.
  • Install water saving devices such as a ‘Hippo’ in the cistern of high flushing toilets to reduce the amount of water used in each flush. Some water companies supply Hippos free of charge to their customers.
  • Don’t flush heavier items such as cotton wool, sanitary products and other waste – put it in the bin.
  • Take showers instead of baths – and keep them short.
  • Install rainwater harvesting – a collection tank in the garden can collect rainwater runoff from the roof which can be  used to fill a water butt or supply a garden tap by use of a pump. Rainwater is harvested for non-drinking water applications and can also be pumped back into the house for use in flushing toilets and filling washing machines.
  • Collecting grey water from sinks, washing machines and dishwashers and using it to flush the toilets means that household water is used twice which has an immediate payback on the water meter.



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