If you live in a warmer region along the south or west coast or in a desert area, it becomes especially important to conserve water. These areas are more prone to drought than other parts of the country, and using less water will help you ensure there will be enough to last your community throughout the hot months. It can also help you keep your own utility costs low throughout these seasons. Here are a few things you can do to reduce how much water your household uses.
Practice Better Lawn Care
In some areas, it may be better to eliminate your natural grass altogether. You can lay down colored stones, sand, or put down artificial turf in Dallas. If you choose to stick with natural grass, schedule the times at which you water your lawn for the morning and evening hours. Between the hours of 10:00 a.m. and 3:00 p.m., the sun will be its hottest, and that means any water you spray onto your lawn will quickly evaporate. It’s better to water your lawn in the early morning or late evening when the water has a better chance of seeping down into the soil.
Fix Leaking Faucets and Toilets
You could be wasting up to 100 gallons of water every day if you have a leaking toilet. You can easily check this by putting a few drops of food dye into the back tank of your toilet. Without flushing, check the bowl. If you see the food coloring in the bowl, you should replace the plastic or rubber flap in your toilet’s tank. You may be losing as much water through a leak in your faucets. Check around each faucet and beneath each sink to find out if water is leaking. Your plumber can replace broken seals to secure your faucets and eliminate those costly leaks.
Take Shorter Showers
While choosing to take a shower instead of a bath is already helping you reduce your water consumption, you should also take a shorter shower whenever possible. A good way of limiting your shower time is to listen to music while you shower. On average, one song will last between three to four minutes, so you should try to limit your shower time to one song. You can also install a low-flow showerhead to help reduce how much water is pushed through the head during those four minutes. Another trick is to place a bucket in the shower before you turn the water on. As you wait for the water to heat up, you’ll collect that wasted water in the bucket. Later, you can use that bucket of water to mop the floor, water your plants, or fill the toilet tank.
Stop Running the Water
It’s a common practice to run the water while you brush your teeth or wash your dishes, but this wastes several gallons of water each time you perform these activities. As an eco-friendly alternative, only run the water when you need it. Turn on the faucet to wet your toothbrush, but shut it off immediately afterward. Similarly, shut the kitchen faucet off as you scrub your dishes. When you’re ready to rinse, turn the water back on. You’ll be surprised by how much water you can save in those few minutes.
There are many situations in which you don’t really need fresh, filtered water that’s best saved for drinking and food preparation. For example, watering your lawn or garden can be done with the rainwater you collect. You can also use rainwater to wash your car, fill a birdbath, or rinse your driveway. You can collect a large amount of rainwater by setting up a barrel in your backyard. By collecting a fresh barrel of water each time it rains, you can ensure your household will always have access to this additional source of water.
You may be able to find more ways to reduce your consumption of water in your household by searching for ideas online. Additionally, ask the other members in your household to come up with more ideas. Any idea that can help you save some water will help you add up on your water conservation efforts, and that will benefit the community in which you live.
Author: Sheryl Wright