Water, something that use to flow so freely and was there for the taking, for
little or no cost. However, water is NOT a renewable resource. This earth has only
so much, and when that has been depleted, it cannot be replenished or reinvented.
So now water has become both an expensive commodity and a luxury, as the supplies
have been dwindling to almost nothing over the past few decades. We have polluted
it, we've drained it, we've wasted it, we have been overusing our supplies. We can
no longer take having water for granted. We have to better learn how to conserve the
short supply that is still in existence so that it will still be around for future
Here are some tips in reducing water consumption in and around your home:
1) Of course everyone knows that showers take less water than baths, so that
would be the first place one can reduce their consumption. It's also a good idea
to get in the habit of not letting faucets run for too long. whether you're brushing
your teeth, washing your hands, shaving or washing dishes.
2) When washing clothes, make sure that you only wash full loads. This way, you
won't be filling up the washing machine quite as often for smaller loads. Also, if
at all possible, convert to the newer tumble/steam washing machines. They use far
less water than the conventional top loading, tub style. Another tip in this category
would be to use less soap/detergent. That way you do not have to overuse water in
order to get the soap out of your clothes when rinsing.
3) Unfortunately, it is no longer practical to have sprawling, lush green lawns
in one's yard. Although they can make a yard look very beautiful, they're one of
the biggest culprits for water usage in order to keep them looking green and healthy.
It's become a very expensive practice, having a water sprinkler running all day, as
this would surely raise your water bill to unmanageable amounts. Instead, one could
beautify their yards with "eco" gardens using stone and/or wood chips, with possibly
just a few trees here and there to add some greenery. You could also spruce up your
yard, scattering flower pots here and there to add some color and beauty. Keep a
covered/screened rain barrel in the back of the yard and use this water for watering
your plants and trees.
4) Install the newer toilets in your home. All new toilets that you buy in the
stores today are standardized to use less water per flush. Unfortunately, what keeps
a lot of people from doing this, is that the newer toilets usually only come in white.
If your fixtures are custom colored, this may look out of place. Then again, if that's
the case, maybe it IS time to update your entire bathroom.
5) Having your own swimming pool in your yard might sound like a wonderful idea,
not to mention, be a great status symbol, but they take a lot of water to fill. They
must be drained periodically, in order to keep the water clean for swimming. This
means that they have to be filled back up again every now and then. Although it may
not be as convenient as having your own pool, one might consider using any of the
indoor or outdoor pools in your community.
6) When washing your vehicles, do not let the hose continuously run. Instead, fill
a bucket with water and use only that amount. Do the same when rinsing. That way
you know how much water you are using. It might also be a good idea to use the
neighborhood car wash, as the hoses are pressurized, using very small amounts of
water per wash.
These are just a few tips that you might not have already given much thought to. We
must all do our duty in helping to conserve the water that is in supply. If we all do
our part and are all saving a fraction of the water that we've wasted in the past, we
might still have plenty of water to bring us into the next few centuries!