Every one of us should be concerned with conserving Earth’s limited supply of usable water. Family members should be united behind efforts to conserve water at home. Here are some ways to minimize your use of this valuable resource:
- Bathroom – Run the water only when needed. A lot of people leave their water on as they brush their teeth, but this is wasteful and unnecessary. Turn off the faucet while you brush. Use a water bowl when shaving instead of running the water. Opt for a low-flow showerhead to minimize water consumption, and limit your shower times by setting a timer for yourself. Listen for running toilets and toilet leaks and get them fixed right away. The toilet is one of the biggest water-wasters in a home. If you are handy, you may be able to fix plumbing problems on your own, but it is often wise to call a professional. If you live near Utah’s capital city, consult an experienced and reputable plumber in Salt Lake.
- Kitchen – Use your dishwasher. Washing dishes by hand actually uses more water than running the dishwasher. Toss food and debris in the garbage instead of washing it down the skin and running the disposal. Replace your kitchen faucets with low-flow versions to minimize water use.
- Garden – Homeowners use a lot of water to keep plants alive, especially during summer. Recycle water at home, and use it for watering the plants. Replace plants that consume a lot of water with drought-tolerant versions. You can also install a drip irrigation system that delivers water directly to plants’ roots. This will save water and time. Apply mulch liberally. It locks in moisture in the soil around trees and plants.
The little things that you do at home will go a long way to contribute to the movement to conserve water.