Water is universally precious. For those people who have it in abundance please don’t it for granted and waste it carelessly. Indeed there are plenty of smart ways to reduce your usage.
- Take a bucket to the shower. When waiting for the shower water to warm up, collect the cold =water that precedes the hot in a large bucket. That is also valuable water! Depending on how quickly your water heats up, the collected water can be used for a number of bucket toilet flushes.
- Shower or bath? A bath uses up to 70 gallons of water; a five-minute shower uses 10 to 25 gallons. Don’t drain your bath after. Use that water to flush the toilet and water plants. Don’t stay too long with your baths. But if you do, don’t let that good water go to waste.
- Don’t dump the pasta water. After cooking pasta or anything else that requires boiling or steaming, save the water, allow it to cool, and use it for bucket flushing or watering the plants.
- And, don’t waste the dishwashing water. Doing dishwashing also let your faucet runs non-stop. Remember don’t let your dishwashing water goes in vain. Save it so that you can use this water for gardening, toilet flushing or floor cleaning.
- Turn off the tap. Probably, you’ve heard it before, turn off the water when brushing your teeth, but do you know how much this saves? The average faucet releases two gallons of water per minute, you can save up to eight gallons of water every days by just turning off the tap while you brush your teeth (i.e. if you brush for the recommended two minutes).
- Fix leaky sinks and running toilets. Another obvious way, yet, also another one that is really important: A running toilet can waste up to 200 gallons of water each day. At one drip per second, a faucet can leak 3,000 gallons in a year. So repair your leaking water facilities as soon as you find one.
Of course, there are still many other ways to preserve water. Be more cautious when dealing with this precious resource and you’ll find out your little step of conserving it can help save it a lot!