Tips for saving water

Tips for saving water

After weeks of unusually hot weather and weeks without rain, an official drought has been declared across eight areas of England. Some water companies have now imposed hose pipe bans in parts of the UK. So, why should we reduce our water consumption? 

Water is mentioned as one of God’s signs of His mercy to all living beings.  

“In the creation of the Heavens and the Earth; in the alternation of night and day; in the ships that sail the oceans for the benefit of mankind; in the water which Allah sent down from the Heavens and brought with it life to Earth after being dead and gave life in it to every kind of land animal; and in directing the winds; and in the clouds that are enslaved between the Heavens and the Earth; [all these] are Signs for a people who comprehend” (Quran 2:164).

Our beloved Prophet Muhammad (pbuh) said: 

“Do not waste water, even if you are on a running river.” 

Our Prophet’s example was to not waste water and so we should look for ways to reduce our water consumption and avoid wastage. How many of us actually think about the Prophet’s example of not wasting water?

Tips to save water:

There are lots of simple things we can all do to ensure we only use as much water as we need.

  1. Avoid leaving the tap on when making wudu or brushing your teeth 
  2. Fill a bucket when performing ghusl 
  3. Have short showers instead of baths
  4. Switch the sprinklers off and avoid using a garden hose 
  5. Invest in a water butt to collect rain water to reuse in the garden 
  6. Make sure your dishwasher/washing machine is full for each wash 
  7. Avoid pre-rinsing dishes when loading the dishwasher 
  8. Re-use cooking water to water your plants 
  9. Install a water meter 
  10. Fit a low flow aerator to taps and showers for the same water pressure but less water use
  11. Fix any water leaks. Check your taps under the sink and leaks in the toilet
  12. Fill up the kettle only with as much as you need 

Conservation and caring for the environment are our responsibility. The effects of climate change are clearly visible and cannot be ignored but by everybody making small changes we can collectively make a difference overall.