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10 Ways to Save Water During a Drought

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5. Capture Water and Reuse it Later

Don’t just let cold water go down the drain as you wait for it to warm up. Capture it in a bowl and rest some flowers on it, or heat it up on the stove for a pot of tea.

6. Plant a Drought-Friendly Garden

Gardens are wonderful to maintain, and water is essential for growth. To cut back on water without sacrificing landscaping, try drought-friendly plants that can withstand dry elements. These include the tree poppy, golden yarrow, apricot mallow and many others.

7. Hand Wash Your Dishes

Keep a bucket of rinse water and a bucket of soapy water so you don’t have to keep shutting the faucet on and off. If dishwashers are a must for you, keep in mind that they can use up to 14 gallons per load. Try loading it up and turning it on only when it’s reached full capacity to minimize usage.

8. Check Your Sprinkler System

Make sure your sprinklers are set so that they only water the lawn and don’t splash onto other parts of the home unnecessarily. Also, avoid leaving sprinklers and hoses unattended — they can pour out as much as 600 gallons within a few hours.

9. Thaw Frozen Foods Overnight

It may be faster to run frozen foods under hot water, but thawing it out overnight is the more eco-friendly option. If time is of the essence, use the defrost option on your microwave.

10. Wash Full Loads of Laundry

Whether or not you have an energy-efficient front-loading washer, washing only full loads of laundry instead of smaller batches will cut water usage tremendously. It’s also best to use cold or warm water when washing loads as well.


It’s not expected to rain in California for the next several weeks, so adopting these habits early on can make a big difference in the long run. Plus, there are many other ways to use water efficiently. What are some of your favorite water-saving techniques?

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5:27AM PDT on Oct 20, 2014

Thanks for sharing.

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


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.

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