When thinking about sustainability and green practices, one often thinks of the three R’s: Reduce, Reuse, Recycle. There’s no reason we can’t apply those principles to conserve water.
We’re very lucky here in North America to have access to clean, safe water. However, this is not the case around the globe. According to The Water Project, nearly 1 billion people in the world do not have access to safe drinking water. With global temperatures on the rise, more and more areas are facing droughts.
If everyone takes small steps to reduce the amount of water they use, reuse water for other purposes, and recycle that water, we can make an impact. And besides, conserving water is not only good for posterity—it’s also great for reducing your utility bill. We’ve put together a few tips on ways that you can reduce your water consumption. You may have heard of some of these before—and put them into practice—but we hope you’ll discover new ways that you can contribute to a greener future. Scroll down for the infographic.
In The Bathroom
- Don’t let the faucet run while brushing your teeth or washing your hands. Turn on taps only when needed and this can save gallons of water throughout the week!
- Install low flush toilets. This can reduce water consumption by 40-50%.
- Install low-flow shower heads and reduce the amount of water by 25%.
- Put a bucket under your faucet while you wait for the water to heat up for your shower. You can use this water to fill your toilet tank, water plants, etc.
In The Kitchen
- Run the dishwasher on the shortest or water-saving setting, and only run it when full. Half loads use up twice as much water.
- Save the water you used to boil pasta to water your plants. Just make sure you let it cool before watering the plants or you could damage the roots.
- Wash fruits and vegetables in a bowl instead of under running water.
- Compost food waste instead of using the garburator.
Around The House
- Check for leaks regularly. Also check your utility bill for spikes in water consumption as this can indicate a leak.
- Go to a carwash that recycles water instead of hosing the car off in the yard.
- Get a membership at a community pool instead of building one in your backyard.
- Wash full loads of laundry only. Use a water-saving setting or the shortest washing setting.
In The Garden
- Water your lawn in the morning or evening when it’s cooler to prevent water loss due to evaporation.
- Water your lawn every 3-5 days instead of for short bursts every day. Lawns only need 5mm of water per day in warmer weather. Just add 5mm of water for each day since the last watering.
- Use automatic timers for your sprinklers to prevent overwatering.
- Prune your plants regularly to increase their water efficiency.
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