With many parts of the world under drought conditions, it’s important to be thinking, every day, about things you can do to save water in your household. It doesn’t have to be hot and dry to practice conservation — year-round lifestyle changes can make a difference!
There are many potential places to prevent water waste inside and outside your home. Everyone’s heard about turning off water while brushing their teeth, but there are many more things you can do in addition to that! Monitor dishwasher and laundry usage so you’re running only full loads. Behind the scenes, make sure you don’t have any leaky plumbing that can negate your water-saving efforts! A plumbing audit can make a big difference — most leaks aren’t obvious, and drought concerns aside, they can do major damage to your home. Water conservation outside of your home can be a major help with drought prevention. Consider water usage when selecting sprinkler components, hoses and even what type of vegetation you’ll plant. When mowing, set the blade up a bit higher. Taller grass will lose less water through evaporation. If you have a sprinkler system, use it wisely. Timers are great, except they don’t take into consideration whether it’s sunny or cloudy, raining or dry. Make adjustments to your system based on current conditions.
Away from home
Even at work, you can be smart about water and encourage others to do so. The same strategies for saving water at home can also be employed at work. If you’re traveling, try to balance convenience with conservation. As you plan, do some research on the destinations and properties you’re considering and go with spots that take pride in being water-wise. Take along refillable water bottles rather than buying plastic disposable bottles. Order local items from restaurant menus when possible. Pack laundry that can withstand multiple wears without laundering, and resist the temptation to use a new towel and fresh sheets daily just because you’re not doing the wash.
Whether you’re at home or on the go, keep water in mind and do what you can to prevent drought in your area. The Earth will thank you, and you’ll feel good about doing your part!