The Most Effective Water Conservation Tips
Water conservation is by far the most effective method to help reduce the demand on our water supply and save energy. This is a huge help to areas that are struggling with water shortages and droughts, such as California. For the third year in a row, California is faced with little precipitation and critically low reservoirs. Here are some of the most effective ways you can conserve water in your home and make a difference on your community’s water supply.
A huge unintentional waste of water is when people water part of their grass, and their sidewalk or driveway because of improperly positioned sprinklers. This can misuse up to five hundred gallons a month. Also, overwatering is a problem. If your grass springs back after you step on it, it doesn’t need to be watered. Using a hose to water your lawn or garden instead of sprinklers is another way to save as much as fifteen hundred gallons a month. Or if you don’t really like having grass, convert you lawn into plants native to the area so you don’t have to water at all. If you need to clean your sidewalks or driveway, using a broom to do so can save more than a hundred and fifty gallons each time. Another hundred and fifty gallons can be saved each time you wash your car if you use a bucket and sponge to do so and only turn on the hose to rinse at the end.
How many people turn on the faucet and wait for the water to warm up? Filling a bucket with that extra water can be helpful later for watering houseplants or outdoors on your lawn. As small a step as this may seem to be, it can save up to three hundred gallons a month. Most people have heard that shortening their showers can save on water, but did you know that even a two minute reduction can save up to seven hundred gallons a month? Save even more by installing water-conscious shower heads.
Another small change that makes a large difference is fixing any leaks in your plumbing. You can save up to six hundred gallons a month for each leaky faucet you fix. Another six hundred gallons can be saved by not using the toilet as an ashtray or wastebasket. When was the last time you ran just one item in the laundry? Running full loads only in the dishwasher and washing machine can have a big impact, upwards of eight hundred gallons a month. It doesn’t take a lot of changes in your lifestyle to make a lot of difference in the amount of water you conserve. Not only will you be ensuring there is enough water for the whole community, but you will also be lowering your own water and electricity bills at the same time. Why not conserve water?
For more information about water conservation, please visit www.centralbasin.org
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