How to Save Water During the Drought and Lower Your Water Bills
According to the NOAA (National Centers for Environmental Information) at the end of April, 13% of the United States is experiencing severe to extreme drought conditions. Another 25% of the United States is experiencing moderate to extreme drought conditions. Therefore, it is mandatory that everyone starts conserving water now if we are to make it through the summer months.
Everyone is responsible for conserving their water usage and preserving this natural resource. It isn’t difficult to change your water usage habits. If everyone pitches in and does their part, the little each person saves can make a big difference. If they don't, 38% of the United States will not have enough water to make it through summer. Follow these simple steps to conserve water around your home and do your part.
Saving Water in the Kitchen or Laundry Room
- Use a dish pan when washing dishes so you don’t keep the water running.
- Redirect your water from the kitchen to your garden to help water your plants and lawn.
- Run your dishwasher on the economic cycle and wait until the dishwasher is full before starting it.
- Instead of rinsing the dishes for the dishwasher, scrape them into a bin or bucket. Afterwards, throw the food scrapings into your compost pile.
- If you have a top loading washing machine, wait until your machine has a full load to wash your clothes. Top loading washing machines use more water than front loading machines.
- Install a spray tap in your kitchen sink.
Saving Water in Your Garden
- Only water your garden just before the sun sets or early in the morning.
- If your kitchen and bathroom water is redirected to the garden, puncture holes in your hose to filter the water around your garden. Otherwise the water is only directed to one area of your garden.
- Avoid using your water sprinklers during a drought. A water sprinkler can use 300 to 650 liters of water in an hour. If you need to use your sprinklers, only leave them running for 10 minutes.
- Buy rain barrels for collecting your rain water. Place the barrels under the roof where the water drains off. Afterwards, use the rain water around your garden or to wash your clothes.
- Plant drought resistant plants around your garden.
- If your front or backyard lawns use a lot of water, consider an alternative such as clover.
- Consider an alternative way to plant your herbs and other plants that don’t need to be watered daily.
- There is no need to water your sidewalks to clean them. Instead, use a blower or broom to clean your sidewalks.
Saving Water in your Bathroom
- By placing a brick or a plastic bottle filled with water in your toilet bowl, you can save 5 to 10 liters of water each time the toilet is flushed.
- Buy a toilet that has a dual flushing tank. This saves water because you can choose to use a small or large flush.
- When brushing your teeth turn off the water. You will save 4.5 liters of water.
- Have a plastic bottle in the bathroom to rinse your mouth with after brushing your teeth.
- Put a timer in your bathroom for everyone taking showers. Instead of allowing the children to take 15 minute showers, limit them to 7 minute showers.
- Install a low-flow shower head in all your bathroom showers.
- Install a spray tap in your bathroom sink.
- During the drought, don’t allow your children to take baths.
- Redirect your bathtub water runoff to your garden.
It is vital that everyone does their part and starts saving water today. Otherwise, 38% of America will be without water this summer. Furthermore, as summer approaches so does the fire season. If we don’t conserve water now we won’t have the natural resources needed to fight fires this year.