American anthropologist Loren Eisley once said, “If there is magic on this planet, it is contained in water.” It’s our most precious resource, and permeates through the world around us. However, water is not infinite, and we each have a role to play in conserving water for future generations.
Water conservation starts in your everyday life. Opt for shorter showers instead of running a bath, and turn off the water while you’re brushing your teeth. Look for and repair any leaky faucets, which can consume a lot of water over time.
The kitchen provides another opportunity to take control of your water bill. Instead of peeling and cleaning produce under a running tap, use a large mixing bowl filled with water to clean and prepare vegetables. If you have a dishwasher, wait until it’s fully loaded before starting a wash cycle. If you wash dishes by hand, fill up the sink with soapy water to clean them.
A big culprit of a house’s water consumption is found outdoors. Native trees, plants, and shrubs are better adapted to your area’s rainfall and use less water than non-native grass-lawns. If rainfall in your area is insufficient, opt to water your lawn once a week or every two weeks. For those who compost food waste, this is a great additive to soil as compost can improve the soil’s water retention.
Water conservation not only saves you money, but it also saves water for your family and community. We all have a role to play in insuring present and future generations get to enjoy this great earth. Head over to our Home section for more homeowner‘s tips.