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Water - Around the House

If there is one thing we take for granted, it’s having clean water available at our fingertips. This essential resource is slowly becoming stressed.

A dripping faucet or running toilet will not only drive you absolutely mad, it also wastes a lot of water, which you are paying for. Get down and tighten leaky pipes, especially the hot water, and replace any rusted components. Our bodies do need iron, but drinking it through rusted taps is not the best way to get it.

There are many everyday activities in which we leave the water running, like running the water until it's cold enough for a refreshing drink. Instead, fill a pitcher with water and put it in the fridge. That way you will always have cold water at your fingertips and this also allows the chlorine to dissipate from the water.

Wash all your fruit at once when you get home from grocery shopping. Fill a small bowl with water and use that to wash all the fruit instead of letting the water run. Soaking the fruit in water helps to remove more pesticides. Adding some salt also helps. This way you will save water and always have clean fresh fruit in your fridge.

Simple things like only doing laundry when you have a full load, turning off the water while brushing your teeth or shaving, and taking shorter showers can make a huge difference, not only in your water bill, but to the planet as well.

We all like to have a nice and shiny ride; however washing it at home usually wastes more water than going to a car wash. Make sure to look for a car wash that recycles its water. Some car washes use solar collectors to heat the water as well.

Be aware of what you put down the drain, as good as municipal filtering is, if you flush chemicals or pills, it will most likely end up back in your body.

More tips: http://www.on.ec.gc.ca/reseau/watertips/watertips_e.html

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