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Water is a very valuable resource, essential for life, so we need to use it responsibly. This post gives a series of recommendations to help you use it more efficiently

Water is a source of life and an essential resource, but it's not inexhaustible. The United Nations FAO estimates that by 2030, almost 20 per cent of developing countries will hace difficulty accessing water. And the world's growing population will increase demand by arount 50 % by mind-century. So, it's not surprising that the United Nations and other international and national agencies are working hard to raise public awareness about the importance of using of water responsibly, in ways that are fairer to all. As the body responsible for managing water in the Madrid region, Canal de Isabel II has to be part of this initiative.

There is no room for complacency about the future of water supplies in the Madrid region. Reducing consumption is not about dates or cincunstances, but means being aware about sustainable practices and caring for the environment. Making efficiente use of water starts with ourselves. So, here is a list of tips and small steps you can take to reduce your consumption.



  • In the shower, while you wait for the water to run hot, save the water in a container (there are even special bags you can use). Then you can use the water in the container to wash dishes or water your plants.  
  • Turn off the tap while you rub your hands with soap or brush you teeth.
  • When shaving, fill the basin a little instead of keeping the tap running.
  • Have a waste bin in the bathroom, to avoud flushing things down the toilet.
  • Shower instead of having a bath and turn off the tap while you lather. A shower uses half as much water as a bath.
  • Use eco-friendly or double-flush cisterns to flush with only as much water as you need. If you can't, then try putting two bottles of water into the cistern itself.
  • Use the washing machine with a full load and the right programme. Remember that a washing machine half full uses almost as much water as a full one.
  • Installa aerator economisers on taps and shower heads. They reduce the flow, and the difference is barely noticeable.



  • Thaw food in the refrigerator, not under the tap. Yoi'll consume less and gain in flavour and food safety.
  • Buy eco-friendly appliances. You'll save energy as well as water.
  • Use the dishwasher whenever you can, and at full load. And when you wash the dishes by hand, never do it with the water running: first lather in a bowl and then rinse.
  • Keep a jug in the fridge instead of letting the tap run to cool. That way you'll always have chilled water, without wasting any.
  • Reuse any water left over in the jug, and the water for boiling eggs or washing vegetables. You can use it to water your plants (as long as there's no salt in it). That way you'll give them nutrients and they'll grow stronger. 
  • Adjust yoor house stopcock to reduce the flow slightly. You won't notice much diference, but you'll save a lot of water every day.
  • Repair dripping taps as soon as possible.



  • Design an irrigation system to suit your garden. For example, use automatic drip irrigation systems for trees and shrubs.
  • For spraying, design the position of the sprinklers, their flow rate, and the area they cover, correctly.
  • Don’t water in the middle of the day: temperatures are higher and so is evaporation. And you could seriously scorch your plants.
  • Design the garden with as little lawn grass as possible, as it needs a lot of water. Artificial turf could be a good alternative.
  • If you do have grass, try to cut it to a height of about 5 cm, to keep enough moisture around the roots.
  • Irrigate plants close to their roots.



  • Don’t empty the pool during out of season. Cover it up and carry out preventive maintenance on a regular basis. You can keep the same water in the pool for five years or more.
  • Installs a closed-loop purification system.
  • Keep a sun roof over it during the summer to prevent evaporation. That way you’ll save water and disinfectant.
  • Check the installation frequently: that way you can detect leaks and repair them more quickly.
  • If you have a shower next to your pool, it should be equipped with an automatic push button or infrared detector.


Making efficient use of water starts with ourselves

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