Water conservation saves a precious natural resource as well as ensuring that we preserve the well-being of ourselves and our environment. Why is water so important?
• Research indicates that only 2% of the world’s water sources are fresh water of which only 1% is accessible drinking water.
• The human body is made up of approximately 70% water
• The human body can live without water for approximately 10 days
Along with our bodies, every living thing on Earth including the very things that ensure our survival depends upon clean water!
The benefits of water conservation are many and include decreasing pollution to nearby rivers, lakes and reservoirs and lowering our monthly bills. By following the tips below, you become part of the water conservation program.
Find and fix leaks – a dripping tap can result in almost 53 gallons of water wasted per year. Ensure that you tighten pipes or contact your local plumber to check for hidden leaks including pipes and fixtures.
Turn your water off before leaving on vacation – this will prevent bursting pipes or new drips while you are away.
Water houseplants with ice cubes – ice cubes melt slowly, which allows the water to be absorbed by the soil. Discarded cubes that were dropped on the floor work perfectly.
Insulate your hot water pipes – you will use a lot less water waiting for the tap to warm up. Use bowls to catch the excess water as it heats up.
Upgrade to a low-flow showerhead – newer model showerheads are more efficient and increase water conservation up to 75% more than a regular showerhead.
Turn off water in unused bathrooms – turning the water off will ensure that a leak doesn’t go unnoticed.
Keep a bowl in the sink – that way if your facet isn’t completely turned off, the dripping water will not be wasted and can be used in other areas such as watering indoor plants.
Check your washer’s settings – match up your laundry levels to the water level. Try to only wash loads that are full which saves energy as well as water.
Know where your emergency water shutoff valve is located: knowing where it is and how to shut off the water in an emergency can conserve water and prevent damage
Don’t water your garden in the heat – Watering during the middle of the day will increase evaporation levels. Water early in the morning or late in the evening.
Install a nozzle on your hose – a nozzle will control the flow of water and further eliminate waste when it is not in use.
Test the moisture level of your soil – a simple and affordable way to test the moisture level of your soil is with a bamboo skewer leaving the top inch exposed. Pull it out and you will be able to see whether you need to add water to the soil by the amount of moisture in the skewer.
Check your water bill regularly – unusually high water consumption should definitely be questioned as it could mean a hidden leak.