It’s fair to say we Aucklanders are more water-wise than ever before. Recent water shortages have seen us become more aware of how much we use, and how we use it. Leak repairs are an important part of our service and many of our customers, wary of how much water they may be wasting, are contacting us and asking us to finally fix those leaks. Taps, showers, toilets, spouting and hot water cylinders – we fix them all, and in a lot of cases, we do so after many years of dripping! It’s better late than never when it comes to repairing leaks, but we shudder to think how much water has been wasted in the meantime.
If you have a leaky tap, shower, toilet, or anything at all, it’s best our team gets onto it straight away. It not only avoids substantial water damage at your place in the years ahead but it also saves precious water. Lot’s of it! We’ve calculated that fixing a leaking tap can save up to a whopping 33 litres a day! There are other things you can do to conserve this most precious resource and here are a few tips for you:
- Turn off the tap when brushing your teeth to save four litres.
- When appropriate, use the half flush button when flushing the toilet to save around six litres.
- Letting the tap run until the water is cool enough to drink can waste around 10 litres! Keep a jug of water in the fridge and it will always be cold.
- Spend a minute less in the shower to save 12 precious litres.
- Install an efficient showerhead in your shower to save 50 litres per shower. If you want to get really waterwise, put a bucket in the shower to capture water and use that on the garden
- Using a dishwasher instead of hand washing dishes can save around 87 litres. To save even more water, don’t rinse the dishes before stacking them in the dishwasher: scrape them instead.
- Wash only full loads in your washing machine and reduce the number of loads you do by at least once a week to save 122 litres.
There is so much we can do to conserve water and minimise the chances of having to live with restrictions again. The team at South Auckland Plumbing will help you by fixing those leaks, but we encourage you to do some research and find even more water-saving tips.