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Here are 10 things you can do to reduce your daily water intake


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1) I install a double-flow flush

Otherwise, it is possible to slip a bottle of water into the tank. The equivalent of the volume of the bottle will therefore be saved each time you flush the toilet.

2) I save tap water

An open tap is on average 12 litters per minute!

To avoid waste, turn off the water as soon as possible (such as when brushing your teeth). Even better: install an "aerator" to reduce the flow of the faucet by about 50% without losing comfort. Take the test, it works!

Tip: To know how much your faucets and shower head consume, get a "flowmeter". This is a graduated plastic bag in which tap water is allowed to flow at maximum flow for a set period of a few seconds. This gives a flow rate per minute.

So, are your faucets economical or energy intensive? Take the test!

3) I save the water in the shower

The toilet is the home's first water consumption station. The first instinct is to turn off the water while you soap yourself.

Cold water wasted while waiting to reach the required temperature can also be collected for watering plants. Finally, investing in a thrifty shower head can pay off financially because it saves both water and energy. Refer to its label (similar to the energy label) which indicates its flow rate / minute.

4) I take showers rather than baths

A bath requires between 150 and 200 litters of water, a shower without turning off the water, about 60 litters and a short shower with turning off the water while soaping, about 20 litters! The choice is easy to make!

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5) I avoid leaks

It is important to regularly check the condition of your faucets. Often it is enough to change a gasket to repair the leak. The continuously flowing toilet flush is the main source of the leak, but don't panic! It is also very easy to change the seal which is on the lower part of the mechanism.

6) I am participating in the Declicks Challenge or in an eco-gesture workshop

A team adventure led by the APC. The goal? Achieve maximum savings on your water and energy bill and reduce waste through simple actions and for 6 months. The opportunity to learn about eco-friendly actions and reduce your bills in a friendly atmosphere!

7) I collect the rainwater

Rainwater can be used in all activities for which potable water is not required. Collecting rainwater saves resources but also limits the risk of flooding and their harmful consequences.

8) I only use the dishwasher when it is full

For many meals, the dishwasher uses 15 litters of water, about two to three times less than washing dishes by hand. If you don't have one, put two containers of water in your sink: one for washing dishes and one for rinsing.

9) I choose plants that require less water

Not all plants have the same water requirements. Find out about the water needs of each of your plants and water accordingly.

10) I use 100% recycled paper and limit my printing

The production of paper requires a great deal of water consumption, especially the paper bleaching process. Replacing bleached paper with unbleached recycled paper results in approximately 90% water savings and 50% energy savings!

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