Water is a precious resource, and we must conserve it in every way possible. With the global population growing each day, water conservation is more important than ever before. Here are 10 tips to reduce your usage of water so that everyone on this planet can continue to enjoy clean drinking water for many years to come!
Turning Off Water While Brushing Your Teeth
Standing there while you’re brushing your teeth and letting the water just run down the drain is a huge waste of water. Close the tap as soon as you’ve finished brushing, and then turn it back on again when you need to rinse.
Avoid Baths and Take Shorter Showers
We all know that the average shower is typically 8-10 minutes, but how many of you actually stay under the shower for that entire time? Turn off the tap while you’re soaping up, and then turning it back on again when you need to rinse. Also consider taking less baths. Or sharing bath water with others so you don’t refill the bath each time and waste more water. A quick top up of hot water and it can easily be reused
Catch water for plants
If you’re waiting for the hot water to get back to normal temperature (or vice versa), grab a container and catch the wasted water. You can use it for house plants, or wherever else you need it. Another successful way to conserve water and live more sustainably is by catching rain water. Put a container or watering can out, and catch the water when it rains. You can use this for watering plants or other purposes that don’t require clean drinking water
Plant More Edibles and Less Grass
A large lawn uses a lot of water. Try growing edible plants in as much of your yard as possible. Vegetables, fruit, and herbs are all easy to grow and can be used to feed your family.
Turning off Your Water While You’re on Vacation
If you know that for a few days or weeks there won’t be anyone at home then try turning off your tap while you are away and conserve some water. The EPA has found that 60% of water waste comes from house hoses.
Prune Plants Well
Growing plants? Make sure to prune the plants and discard any unwanted parts, as this will help conserve water. That’s because you aren’t wasting water on parts of the plant that you don’t want or may be dying.
Water Plants at Cooler Times of the Day
If you water plants at the hottest time of day, most of it will evaporate. The plant wont get a chance to absorb it and you will end up watering them again
Fill the Dishwasher and Washing Machine All the Way Before Running
When washing dishes or your clothes, only run them when they are full. This way, you conserve water and save on utility bills.
Use Leftover Cooking Water
When we make pasta or steam vegetables, the water used to cook each becomes reusable and can be used in soups. Or allow it to cool and use it on your plants in the garden.
Fix Leaky Faucets Immediately
Drip leaky faucet? Get in contact with a plumber right away! One dripping faucet can waste liters of water quickly.
Making the most of your water
Conserving water can be fun, too! Thinking of ways that you might wash your car and do laundry will save both resources and leave enough for future generations.