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Conserving Water In Your Home

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Water conservation is very important because our water supply is finite so clean water is a limited resource. Most of California is experiencing an extreme drought and the crisis has now entered its fifth year. According to scientists, it would take several years of above-average rainfall before California’s water supply could return to anything even close to normal. Signaling how serious the situation is, last year state officials ordered cities and towns to cut water use and said that those who do not comply with the cuts will face fines. The state even cut deliveries of water to farmers. This affects everyone because California grows and exports a majority of the fruits and nuts eaten by the rest of the country, so water shortages here affect the food supply everywhere. If the water crisis continues to get worse, Americans across the country can expect the cost of their food to go up and some of it may not even be available. Since the drought shows no signs of letting up any time soon it is very important we all do our part to conserve water. Below are some simple house hold tips you that will help you save water and save money.

In your bathroom:

  1. Don’t use the toilet as a wastebasket. Every time you flush you use five to seven gallons of water so try not to flush facial tissues, q-tips and other small bits of trash.
  2. If you live alone or are not having any guests over, don’t flush the toilet after every urination.
  3. Take shorter showers – shortening your shower by a minute or two will save up to 150 gallons of water per month.
  4. Turn off the water when brushing your teeth. Just wet your tooth brush and fill a glass for mouth rinsing.
  5. When shaving, fill either the tub or the sink with warm water instead of keeping the water running the entire time.
  6. When washing your hands or face, turn off the water while you lather.
  7. When washing your hands or face, turn off the water while you lather.
  8. When running a bath, plug the bathtub before turning on the water
  9. Take short showers instead of baths, they require less water, and shut off the water while lathering up or shampooing.
  10. Make sure you don’t have any leaking toilets or faucets.
  11. Install more water efficient appliances in your bathroom, kitchen and laundry room.

In your kitchen:

  1. Use your dishwasher for full loads only.
  2. Do no pre-rinse dirty dishes.
  3. Minimize your use of the kitchen sink garbage disposal units. These require lots of water to operate properly Instead, start a compost pile as an alternate method of disposing food waste.
  4. Make sure you use the proper size pots for cooking rather than larger pots that require more water when cooking.
  5. Don’t use running water to thaw food, defrost it in the refrigerator.
  6. When washing dishes by hand, fill one basin with wash water and one basin with rinse water instead of letting the water run.
  7. Soak your pots and pans instead of letting the water run while you scrape them.

In your laundry room:

  1. Try to wash only full loads.
  2. Always match the water level to the size of the load.
  3. Wash dark clothes in cold water to save energy and help your clothes retain color.

Out doors:

  1. When watering your garden make sure you place your sprinklers so water lands on the lawn or garden and not on paved areas.
  2. Water your lawn or garden only when it needs it.
  3. Use a broom instead of a hose to clean your driveway or sidewalk.
  4. Use a pool cover to help keep your pool clean and prevent water loss through evaporation. This can also save energy if you heat your pool.
  5. Wash your pets outdoors in an area that needs water.
  6. Let your lawn go brown (dormant) during the winter. Dormant grass only needs to be watered every 3 to 4 weeks and less if it rains.
  7. Also, consider replacing grass with artificial l grass or zero-scaping with drought tolerant plants and native plants. Native plants help support our native wild life.

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