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Cool ideas for summer heat

Published:Thursday | July 23, 2015 | 12:00 AMShauna Osbourne

As drought woes continue and rain being nowhere in sight, the need to preserve water is paramount. The National Water Commission has put in stringent water schedules to protect this resource, but what more can the citizens do to save what is left?

The Gleaner compiled a list of useful instructions to guide through this difficult time:

- Wash your fruits and vegetables in pan water instead of running water from the tap.

- Collect the water you use while rinsing fruit and vegetables. Use it to water houseplants.

- Turn off the water while washing your hair, soaping for shower and brushing teeth.

- When washing your hands and face, turn the tap off while soaping up.

- Put food colouring in your toilet tank and, if it seeps into the bowl without flushing, there's a leak.

- Men should plug the sink instead of running the water to rinse your razor.

- For outdoors, put a layer of mulch around trees and plants to reduce evaporation. Keeping the soil with organic mulch also improves the soil and prevents weeds.

- If you accidentally drop ice cubes, don't throw them in the sink. Drop them on a houseplant.

- Wash cars and boats with bucket and sponges.

- Check your sprinkler system for leaks.

- If watering must happen, do so in the early morning or later in the evening when temperatures are cooler.

- Monitor your water bill and metre at nights and weekends to determine unusually high use and possible leaks. There should be no flow when all water fixtures have been turned off.

- Report any water flow or fixture leaks in public places.

Citizens have an opportunity to contribute to the Government's fight in this conservation drive. Do what you can to save our water, and perhaps those with the steps to a rain dance can share.