Water is essential for the existence of life on our planet. Every day we use water for drinking, cooking, cleaning and other activities. But we merely imagine what would we possibly do without water.
Water scarcity (shortage) is a real threat humanity faces today. And we all need to take our part in preventing waste and conserving water resources for our future.
But what can I as a human do, you wonder reading this post?
Well, every single drop counts, literally. If you manage to reduce your household water use, you help fight water scarcity. The goal is to make this idea work for every person on our planet.
I have collected all water-saving tips you can and should apply in order to reduce the water waste in your home.
Save Water Indoors
- Keep your equipment well-maintained. Daily dripping faucets can waste up to 75 liters (20 Gallons) of water. Replace old fixtures, install new washers on sinks and showers.
- Check toilets for leaks. How? Add 12 drops of food coloring into the tank. Come back in an hour. (Be sure no one uses the toilet during that time). If color appears in the bowl, your toilet is leaking.
- Install new water-saving fixtures. Eco shower-heads and ultra-low-flush toilets can make a huge impact on your monthly bill.
- Install faucet aerators, toilet dam, and low-flow showerheads.
- Take shorter showers instead of baths.
- Never use your toilet as a wastebasket.
- Turn off the water while brushing your teeth or shaving.
- Defrost frozen food in the refrigerator.
- When cooking, peel and clean vegetables in a large bowl of water instead of under running water.
- Fully load your dishwasher before turning on.
- When buying a dishwasher, select one with a “light-wash” option.
- Only use the garbage disposal when necessary (composting is a great alternative).
- Rinse dishes in a full sink or pan of water.
- Wash full loads of clothes.
- When purchasing a new washing machine, buy a water saving model.
- Avoid drinking bottled water.
- Cultivate good water habits and teach your kids how to save water.
Do you have more water saving tips? Share with us in comments.
Saving Water Outdoors
- Establish smaller lawns and let more space for natural vegetation.
- Choose plants and grasses with low water demand and are drought-tolerant. List of Drought-tolerant plants.
- Consider planting more trees, shrubs, ground covers, and less grass. Shrubs and ground covers provide greenery for much of the year and usually demand less water.
- Use native plants in flower beds. Native plants have adapted to rainfall conditions in New England and often provide good wildlife habitat.
- Cluster plants that require extra care together to minimize time and save water.
- Don’t over-water landscaping.Water your lawn or garden early in the morning or late in evening.
- Only water the lawn when necessary.
- If you water your lawn and garden, only do it once a week, if rainfall isn’t sufficient.
- Avoid watering on windy and hot days.
- Adjust sprinklers so that they don’t water the sidewalk or street.
- Equip all hoses with shut-off nozzles.
- Use drip irrigation systems.
- When you water, put down no more than 1 inch (set out empty cans to determine how long it takes to water 1 inch) each week. This watering pattern will encourage more healthy, deep grass roots. Over-watering is wasteful, encourages fungal growth and disease, and results in the growth of shallow, compacted root systems that are more susceptible to drought and foot traffic.
- Use soaker hoses to water gardens and flower beds.
- If an automatic lawn irrigation system is used, be sure it has been properly installed, is programmed to deliver the appropriate amount and rate of water, and has rain shut-off capability.
- Place mulch around plants to reduce evaporation and discourage weeds. Apply mulch around shrubs and flower beds to reduce evaporation, promote plant growth and control weeds.
- When mowing your lawn, set the mower blades to 2-3 inches higher. Longer grass keeps the soil moisture allowing it to grow thicker and develop a deeper root system. This helps grass survive drought, tolerate insect damage and fend off disease.
- Add compost or an organic matter to the soil as necessary, to improve soil conditions and water retention.
- Use a pool cover to cut down on water evaporation.
- Use a broom rather than a hose to clean sidewalks, driveways, loading docks and parking lots.
- Harvest your rainwater. Collect rainfall for irrigation in a screened container (to prevent mosquito larvae growth).
- Harvest your greywater
- At the car wash – When washing a car, wet it quickly, then use a bucket of water to wash the car. Turn on the hose to final rinse (or let mother nature wash your car when it rains).
How do you conserve water and fight water scarcity? Share with us your comments and water-saving tips.
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