Water is one of our most precious resources, and every drop counts! Follow these tips to make the most of the water you use in your home:
- Try taking shorter showers.
- Invest in a low-flow toilet or put a plastic bottle filled with water in your toilet tank to reduce the amount of water used per flush.
- Turn off the tap while brushing your teeth or shaving.
- Run dishwashers and laundry machines only when they’re full.
- Use water left over from cooking for watering your houseplants.
- Choose landscaping plants that don’t require regular watering. A typical lawn requires constant watering to maintain its “greenness.” Consider reducing your lawn size and replacing turf grass with native plants, shrubs and trees that grow well without a lot of excess watering.
- Eat foods that require less water to produce. The amount of water used to produce animal products and processed foods like soda and chips far exceeds the amount used for growing vegetables and grains. When grocery shopping, try to buy more whole foods like vegetables that are in season, and a variety of grains, legumes, nuts and seeds.
- Carry a reusable water bottle rather than buying bottled water. Production, transportation, and disposal of bottled water consume large quantities of water and energy.
Saving water at home is important – but it’s not enough! In drought-prone areas like California, agriculture and the oil and gas industry use far more water than individuals and families, so they have to be part of the solution. Tell California’s Governor Brown to make industry do their fair share to reduce water use!