Tips to reduce water usage

Get rid of the lawn - Replace thirsty lawns with drought-resistant plants like lavender and verbena.

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Fit a water displacement device in your cistern - You can ask your water provider for one of these or take a trip to the hardware store.

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Sometimes it isn't necessary. Maybe think twice before you automatically reach for the handle.

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Fit a low-flow shower head - Reduce the amount of water you use to wash without even realizing it.

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Use a watering can - A hosepipe can use as much as 1,000 liters of water an hour. A watering can wastes much less.

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Install a water meter - When you can see how much you use on each bill, it is easier to reduce.

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Keep a jug of tap water in the fridge - It will help you avoid running the tap until it is cold.

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Only wash full loads - Wait until you have a full load to do laundry. It will reduce waste water and electricity.

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Choose a short cycle - Most of the time, our clothes aren't really dirty. They just needs a quick refresh in a short spin.

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Skip the bath - Choose a shower instead. It uses significantly less water than a soak in the tub.

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Only boil what you need - Measure how many cups of water you need before boiling the kettle. There's no need to waste energy and water filling it up.

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Don't go nuts - Be conscious of the amount of nuts you consume. Industrial farming of almonds, pistachios, and other nuts is water-intensive.

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Lunchtime for Anna Wintour - When eating her lunch, usually a steak or a bunless hamburger, Anna turns off her cell-phone in order to be undisturbed.

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Don't buy processed foods - The more industrial steps in getting food to your plate, the more water that is wasted. Choose whole foods instead.

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