With the driest winter on record behind us, water conservation has become an essential practice to all. Although 90% of the water used in the state of California is for agriculture, we are not relieved of our duty to do our part and steward what we have in a responsible manner. Teaching the next generation conservation tools is of epic importance as they will inherit all of the problems of today.
We have all been told to take shorter showers and not to leave the sink running while brushing our teeth…but more has to be done! Below are some practical ways to conserve water in the home and yard. Accumulative effort does make a difference if we are to survive this upcoming season of drought.
1. Check your faucets and pipes for leaks
2. Install water saving shower heads and low flow faucet aerators
3. Use a float booster in your toilet, but make sure to leave at least 3 gal in the tank!
4. Insulate your pipes
5. Rinse your razor in a sink with a few inches of water in it
6. Only wash full loads of laundry/dishes. Use towels several times before washing
7. Use that sink stopper when hand washing dishes or rinsing veggies
8. Compost instead of garbage disposal
9. Use a broom to clean driveways and sidewalks
10. Deep soak your lawn
11. Put a layer of mulch around trees and plants
12. Water during the early parts of the day
13. Position sprinklers properly
14. Use a rain catch system where permitted
15. Wash your car only when it is necessary
This is not an exhaustive list by any means! Get creative, challenge your children and do your part. Water conservation is critical even in years of abundance…you will have a lower utility bill and even help prevent water pollution in the nearby lakes, rivers and watersheds.
If you come up with clever ways to conserve, I would love to hear about them! Email your great ideas to Brandie@BrandieGriffith.com