Almost every year in the UK there is a water shortage of some kind or another. The inevitable hose pipe ban can be a source of real frustration for avid gardeners. Water companies hope that by instigating a restriction on some type’s water usage they will be able to provide a continuous service.
This blog post will take a look at some of the ways that an individual can save water during testing conditions.
Wash Your Car Using a Bucket
Keeping your car in tip top shape can take lots of water. Using a traditional hosepipe can easily use anywhere between 80 and 120 gallons of water. Sadly, most of this water is just wasted. To help save water it might well be better to use a bucket and sponge. When it comes time to rinse of the shampoo the water can then be replaced.
Streaks can be avoided by adding a quarter cup of white vinegar. This solution will prevent the need for further rinsing.
Keep Drinking Water in the Fridge
When water is first run from the tap it is likely to be a little warm. People tend to keep their taps running until the cold water comes. This action represents a huge waste of water. It is much better to fill up a jug or even re-use existing water bottles with the initial water. This can then be stored in the refrigerator until cool. Taking this course of action will help to save significant amounts of water. On-going adoption of this policy will see a saving of close to 50 per cent when the water is used for drinking.
Allow the Lawn to go Dormant
Many people mistakenly think that not watering their lawns will result in the grass dying. However, leaving the grass to go dormant over 2-3 weeks will not cause it to die off. All that will happen is the grass will start to turn a shade of brown during the dormancy period. Healthy grass will quickly return to its former colour once it begins to receive water again.
If you can’t bear the thought of a brown lawn, it is possible to spray a non-toxic dye to the lawn. This will keep its rich green colour, even during the dormant stage. A simple hand-held sprayer can be used to complete this process.
In the event of the drought conditions continuing for longer periods, the grass should be rehydrated. Enough water should be used to wet the ground down to around 4 inches. This will not return the grass to its usual colour; however, it will prevent it from dying off.
Store Water for Plants and Flowers
The use of water storage tanks has become increasingly popular in the UK. One reason behind this is that during any given year there is almost the certainty of a hosepipe ban. For avid gardeners this puts their much loved plants and flowers in real danger.
By utilising storage tanks it is possible to fill up as many water cans as one would like to carry on the important task of watering the garden. Sometimes a keen gardener might even install a pump system to provide additional water pressure. This way they could even connect their water storage tanks up to a hosepipe for additional watering assistance.
The plants and flowers will get all of the water that they need, without the owner breaking any enforced hosepipe restrictions.
Additionally, should a car owner not wish to just use a bucket to wash their car, they can now carry on as normal by using the hosepipe linked to their storage tank.
Sally Dimmock is an amateur novelist and copywriter. Over the years he has developed a keen interest in gardening and is passionate about water-saving techniques such as using water storage tanks to help improve the state of the environment.