September 8, 2015

14 Tips On How To Conserve Water In The Philippines

Many areas in the Philippines especially in urban settings suffer from inadequate water resources. Because of this recurring problem, the National Water Resources Board and the Department of Environment and Natural Resources are stepping up their campaigns in educating the Filipino public on how to conserve water in their homes. The two agencies have released the following tips on how to save and conserve water in the Philippines

1) Turn the faucet off firmly to prevent leakage. Installing low volume/high pressure (LV/HP) nozzles or flow constrictors reduces water usage by up to 50%.

2) Use the water dipper (tabo) and pail (timba) instead of the shower while taking a bath.

3) Instead of running water, use a glass of water while brushing your teeth.

4) Wash all your clothes at once. Don't allow the water in your wash basin (batya) to overflow.

5) Discard leftover food before washing dishes. As much as possible, use a basin (palanggana) to save water as well as dishwashing soap.

6) Instead of a water hose, use only a pail and a towel in washing your car.

7) Water your plants only before sunrise or after sunset to prevent water loss due to vaporization.

8) In restaurants and hotels, serve water to guests only when they ask for it. Collect leftover drinking water, and use it to water your garden plants.

9) Switch off the water valve in buildings that are not operational at night. Turn off the gate valve in the evening, and turn it on again the following morning.

10) Reuse water from your laundry to flush your toilet, clean your car, or water your garden plants.

11) Collect rainwater with pails and basins, and store it for future use (watering the plants, cleaning the house).
12) Buy new, water-efficient toilet bowls that consume only 2.6-4 liters of water for every flush. Old models use up to 14 liters of water per flush.

13) Report broken pipelines and illegal water connections to proper authorities. Dial the Maynilad and Manila Water hotline numbers (1626 and 1627, respectively), or contact the Local Water Utilities Administration (LWUA) office nearest you.

14) Share these water saving tips to your family, neighbors, students, and co-workers.