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What can you do to protect water?

At first we might think that we, ordinary citizens and water drinkers cannot really do anything to keep the waters clean, as this issue should be addressed by scientists and the industry. Most of our drinking water comes from natural groundwater, which is seriously threatened by humans. Here we present 10 practical tips that can be easily followed without the need to become an environmentalist. Still, if you follow these tips you can help protect our natural waters as a civilian.

1. Less chemicals, more care

Today, every drugstore sells environmentally friendly detergents, dish-washing and cleaning products that are free of chemicals. If you have to, use only the absolutely necessary amount of water softeners, flushes and detergents! Make sure your washing machine is always full, as a half-empty wash consumes the same amount of water as if it were full.

2. The impact of littering

Littering is certainly connected to the protection of water. He who throws rubbish on the ground pollutes the soil, where the waters collect. This is out of the question. Rubbish belongs in the rubbish bin, and it is even better if it gets there selectively: glass, paper and so forth, but you know this.

3. The drain does not make everything disappear

Fortunately, more and more places, such as petrol stations, collect used household oil in bottles, but yellow collection bins are slowly becoming more available even in the smallest settlements. In addition to oil waste, you should not throw leftovers, coffee grounds, corrodents or strong disinfectants down the drain or toilet.

4. The water bill can tell a lot

Check your water bill regularly! If it is remarkably high for some reason, it might be caused by a cracked pipe or leaking in the pipeline, thus water is not used properly. Yet, by controlling the amount of water used you also do something for the cause of saving water.

5. Quantity as well as quality matters

By fixing the dripping tap you not only help yourself but also save society. You can save several cubic metres of water by opting to have a short shower instead of a bath.

6. You can avoid a running tap

If you brush your teeth, turn off the running water. Where possible, consider whether it is necessary to keep the tap running. Take frozen food out of the freezer the night before. If you do the dishes, use a plug. If you wash fruit or vegetables, put them in a bowl.

7. Water heating and cooling

If you know you usually want ice-cold water in the summer, keep a bottle in the fridge. That way it will always be on hand and you will not have to keep the tap running for an unnecessarily long time. The same applies to hot water. If you have an instant water heater connected to the sink you do not need to drain litres of water.

8. Tricks in the garden

Collect rainwater in the garden and use it to water, as every drop is worth its weight in gold. If you water in the garden, do it at dawn or late at night when it is cooler and evaporation is lower. The use of household fertilisers and pesticides also reduces our drinking water reserves.

9. Children are the key to the future

Summer pool fun is nice, but believe me, children will enjoy a smaller pool with the same enthusiasm. If you want to bathe in natural water, do not apply sun lotion on little children right before they go into the water. What matters the most in the long run is teaching children how important it is to protect water.

10. Think about water during shopping

Reduce the amount of meat you eat, even if only a little. Producing one kilogramme of meat requires several hundred times more water than plant based foods. Producing one ton of paper requires about 417 cubic metres of water. Thus every ton of recycled paper makes it possible to save several thousand litres of water. By buying bottled mineral water you generate waste in the long run. If you have the chance, ask the waiter in the restaurant whether they have purified water. Using the Floewater water purification system is a great help to nature, because it is a packaging-free solution.


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