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10 Ways to Save Water During a Drought

10 Ways to Save Water During a Drought
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California is officially in a drought. What’s more, experts are calling it the worst drought in the state’s history. While declaring a statewide drought emergency last week, Governor Jerry Brown reminded citizens to be aware of impending water shortages in the coming months.

While Brown is not currently enforcing a mandatory water reduction (although he recommends cutting down by 20 percent), it is critical to mitigate the situation before the worst comes. Even if you don’t live in California, dry years may hit your region of the world unexpectedly. Knowing how to prepare ahead of time and during the emergency will benefit you and, more importantly, the environment.

Here are ten practices you can take on to use water more efficiently:

1. Take Shorter Showers

Bathrooms account for 50 percent of a household’s total water use. This practice sounds easy enough to do, but you’d be surprised at how much water an extra few minutes in the shower uses up. Reducing your ten minute shower down to five could save as much as 12.5 gallons a day. For even more savings, consider installing a low-flow shower head. Compared to “standard” shower heads which swallow upwards of four gallons a minute, low flows use only about two.

2. Repair Dripping Faucets

Broken, dripping faucets should be fixed as soon as possible, regardless of a drought. Each bit of water counts: one drop per second consumes 2,700 gallons of water per year.

3.  Go to the Car Wash

Most commercial car washes operate using recycled water. If you prefer to wash your own car though, rinse it during the coolest time of day, and try to park it on the grass.

4. Start Composting

Composting yields healthier soil, nutrient-rich plants and cleaner water. Instead of using your water-hungry kitchen sink disposal to get rid of food waste, start a compost pile.

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10:54PM PST on Jan 29, 2014

It's better not to have a big lawn or sprinkler system - use drought-tolerant native plants instead (as another point int he article says).

9:49AM PST on Jan 27, 2014

I suppose Drinking out of the toilet is out then !! :)

1:04PM PST on Jan 26, 2014

tks

5:31AM PST on Jan 26, 2014

All of these tips should be implemented on a regular basis. We don't realize what we got until it's gone. Why do some not know that without this precious gift we all die. Dilution is not the solution to get rid of toxic junk.

2:07PM PST on Jan 24, 2014

Thanks for the info

1:24PM PST on Jan 24, 2014

Very important article that I will bear in mind during heat waves in the summer. Phew the heat!

5:15AM PST on Jan 24, 2014

Water is much too precious to waste it on washing cars (cars get dusty, live with it or use a dry rag to get the dust off) watering golf courses or keeping your lush lawn green even though you live in a desert. Grow native plants in your garden that are designed to thrive in your local conditions. Buy appliances that are A rated for both water & electricity efficiency. Turn off the shower while you wash your hair instead of simply stepping away from the flow, if you're not using the water then it doesn't need to be turned on. Turn off the tap while you brush your teeth. Never run a dishwasher or a washing machine unless it's full... & I really hope all these folks who are living through the worst drought in living memory are using the dry air to dry their laundry, not a tumble dryer! All these are plain common sense, anyone who cares a jot for the environment should be doing them already.

4:45AM PST on Jan 24, 2014

Everyday practice as well

2:44AM PST on Jan 24, 2014

Thank you for sharing.

12:42AM PST on Jan 24, 2014

ty

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