Important water saving tips

Important water saving tips
Today, there are over 663 million people living without a safe drinking water supply close to home, spending countless hours queuing or walking to distant sources, and coping with the health impacts of using contaminated water.
Kenya in particular faces a number of water difficulties, such as economic water scarcity and limited access to clean water and sanitation. An estimated 17 million Kenyans still lack access to safe water, greatly impacting health and infant mortality.  This, coupled with the fact that Kenya is currently experiencing a severe drought, means that the country faces a dire water outlook.
The UN’s Sustainable Development Goals, launched in 2015, include a target to ensure everyone has access to safe water by 2030, making water a key issue in the fight to eradicate extreme poverty.

Recognizing the responsibility businesses have in addressing the issue of water security, Colgate-Palmolive East Africa Ltd, a subsidiary of the global consumer products company, aims to emphasise water awareness and conservation with a campaign encouraging consumers to make small changes that can make a big difference.

Important water saving tips
Important water saving tips

As part of the company’s 2015-2020 sustainability strategy commitment to “Making Every Drop of Water Count,” Colgate established water-related goals that include promoting water conservation awareness to global consumers, partnering with local and global organizations to bring clean water to under-served areas, and reducing manufacturing water intensity by half compared to 2002.

 Below are tips on how you can save water:

1.     Brush for 2 minutes twice a day, but turn off the tap.

Dental Associations worldwide recommends brushing your teeth for two minutes twice a day. But turning off the Tap while brushing your teeth can save up to 11,350 litres of water per year – that’s the equivalent of 50,000 glasses of water!

  1. Reduce showers by 2 minutes

-Reducing your shower by 2 minutes saves both water and energy. In one year you can save up to 6 800 litres of water and enough energy to power a 13-watt compact fluorescent light bulb for approximately 2 years.

  1. Turn off the tap while washing the dishes. Rather pour water in a tub or basin.
  2. Turn off the tap when washing hands

-Turning off the tap for 10 seconds while washing your hands can save both water and energy. In one year, you can save up to 1500 litres of water and enough energy to power a 13-watt compact fluorescent light bulb for over 2 months.

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