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DENR Releases Practical Tips To Save Water In Light Of Current Water Sitch

Do your part in conserving water.
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In an infographic published in the government’s portal the Official Gazette, the National Water Resources Board (NWRB) of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) shared practical tips on how to conserve water. 

We would have to agree that this info is of top importance at this time, especially in light of the current sitch of water rationing in the Metro Manila and the La Mesa Dam’s critical levels. Everyone must pitch (yes, you, too!), so we can survive the rest of the summer in this El Niño dryness. 

Some tips that the NWRB of the DENR shared are pretty basic, but there are new gems that we feel can make a big difference in conserving water in your household. Here are the tips with our take on how each one can apply to your Cosmo lifestyle: 

  1. Turn the faucet off to prevent leakage. Installing low volume/high pressure (LV/HP) nozzles or flow constrictors reduces water usage by up to 50 percent
    If you’re nesting or renovating, you may want to switch up to these nozzles to ease you through those days when your faucets are merely trickling droplets. 
  2. Use a water dipper (tabo) and pail (timba) instead of the shower while taking a bath.
    Taking a bath together may help save water, too. Try it and let us know. 
  3. Instead of running water, use a glass of water when brushing your teeth.
    Be smart while you gargle. Don’t let the water run while you’re brushing. 
  4. Buy new water-efficient toilet bowls that consume only 2.6-4 liters of water for every flush. Old waters use up 14 liters of water per flush. 
    What?! This had us checking our own bowls. That difference is way too wasteful for flush-happy folk. 
  5. Discard leftover food BEFORE washing dishes. As much as possible, use a basin (palanggana) to save water as well as dishwashing soap.
    This makes total sense. When we’re mindlessly washing the dishes, we usually let the water run to wash off the leftover food from the plates. A smarter way would be to wipe the plates clean first, then wash.
  6. Wash all your clothes at once. Don’t allow the water in your wash basin (batya) to overflow. 
    You better be more conscious when washing your clothes, even if you’re just washing your delicates. Ditch the habit of letting the water run while you’re soaking and wringing. 
  7. Reuse water from your laundry to flush your toilet, clean your car, and water your garden plants.
    Let the water you use do double-duty. Don’t let it just go down the drain without maxing up every drop. 
  8. Instead of water hose, use only pail and towel when washing your car
    Save your carwash luxury for another time. Be smarter about your wash and wax. Or, hold off first on total washes for your car for a while. People will forgive you for that film of dust.  
  9. Water your plants only before sunrise or after sunset to prevent water loss due to vaporization.
    Your house plants will fare better if you water them at the right time. 
  10. Collect rainwater in pails and basins, and store it for future use (e.g., watering the plants, cleaning the house).
    Just make sure your basins are kept well-covered to avoid wrigglers from breeding. 
  11. In restaurants and hotels, serve water only to guests when they ask for it. Collect leftover drinking water and use it to water your garden plants.
    If you’re the customer, be more conscientious about asking for water. Only ask for a glass if you’ll really chug it down. Otherwise, skip the water altogether. 
  12. Switch off the water valve in buildings that are not operational at night. Turn off the gate valve in the evening, and turn it one again the following morning.
    If you’re clueless about how this goes, bring up this solution with your ’rents at home or with the HR at work. See if it’s a viable option for your house or workplace. 
  13. Report broken pipelines and illegal water connections to proper authorities.
    If you see wastage in your barangay, in school, or on your way to work, flag them right away, so that the leaky pipes or connections can be looked into. 
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