Sunday, February 6, 2011

Turn the tap off while you wash dishes by hand

Dunes, Algeria
Photograph by Philippe Bourseiller
When a tap is turned on, over 6 litres of pure drinking water flows out every minute. We are easily fooled by the generosity of our taps. Each time we use them, a large part of the water goes down the drain without even being dirtied.

When you wash the dishes by hand, fill the sink or washing-up bowl, rather than washing each plate under a running tap. Hand-washing dishes typically uses about 63 litres per session. Better yet, invest in a water-efficient dishwasher - if you use a machine wisely, it can use as little as 10 litres of water, much less than even careful hand-washing practices.
-from the book '365 Ways to Save the Earth' by Philippe Bourseiller

Personal Note: To be honest, I find this one to be a toughie. I can't get myself to rinse dishes in a water filled sink. I try to turn on the tap at a lesser flow instead. 


Swati said...

Yes, I wouldn't know how to do this either. But necessity id the mother of invention. So during the lean periods (summers in India), when there is a huge scarcity of water in the cities (not in some privileged areas where some people I know live, ahem!), we do have to resort to using as little water as possible. I find it is best achieved when I keep a big pateela or a small bucket of water on one side and use this to wash the dishes (when the bai takes chuttee). I wish to keep up my resolve to minimize water use throughout the year, but fail miserably!

Its mainly due to lack of convenience that most people don't end up taking measures that they too know are good for the environment...

Poorvi said...

This is so true: about necessity being the mother of invention, forcing us to use resources smartly. The easy availability of resources these days creates the convenience-oriented lifestyle. It happens with me too, but an effort to try is what I'm working on! :)

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