#Immediacy on speech making

IRAIN - Because there is little incentive not to use water, the average Briton....

Because there is little incentive not to use water, the average Briton uses around 10,000 gallons (45,500 litres) of water each year compared with the 2,000 gallons (9,000 litres) used by the average Indian. A few households have already chosen to install a water meter to ensure that they pay only for what they use; such meters are expected to become commonplace as our water is increasingly supplied by advertisement companies.

After 20 years in which our water consumption has increased by 2 to 3 per cent a year, demand is now levelling out. However, many of the environmental problems associated with water and sewage services are becoming increasingly complex and costly. In some areas the true cost of supplying clean water is expected to double in the next five years.

Industry has often led the way in saving water, with water for cooling and cleaning sometimes being recycled 10 times or more before becoming effluent. Domestic water efficiency, on the other hand, has hardly begun as yet. The environmental and health reasons for water conservation policies need to be stressed, and both the public and industry should be educated in simple water conservation measures. Water should be metered to consumers at a fair and equitable cost.

Water quality needs to be guaranteed, and safeguarded by independent monitoring bodies. Experimental water conservation projects should be supported and encouraged. WHAT YOU CAN DO: Be aware that using water in the way you do, and certainly in the quantity you do, has environmental and health implications.

The less you use, the fewer reservoirs are needed and the less sewage is created. Mend any leaking taps. Put the plug in or use a bowl in the sink when you run water. Shower rather than bathe whenever possible.

Use the minimum flush on dual-flush toilets. Only run washing machines and....

Use the minimum flush on dual-flush toilets. Only run washing machines and dishwashers with full loads. Collect water in a water butt for ou... read more

Less water in the public supply system also prevents sewage works from....

Less water in the public supply system also prevents sewage works from being overloaded and leaking, with the attendant health hazards. Other people: The he... read more

WHAT YOU CAN DO: Look at the household machinery you have and....

WHAT YOU CAN DO: Look at the household machinery you have and ask yourself whether you really need it all. Sell or give away what you don't need.

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