According to data from the Oklahoma Mesonet, the previous 120-day span (November 24, 2010- March 23rd, 2011) is the driest on record for central and southwestern Oklahoma. The average rainfall recorded in the central part of the state over that period of time is 2.42 inches, which is 5.88 inches below normal. The southwestern part of the state is even drier with only 0.76 inches on average, a deficit of over 5 inches. The statewide average is 3.45 inches for the last 120 days, which ranks it as the third driest such period on record.
- Use low flow aerators. This is a very easy and cheap way to save water. Doing this you can save you thousands of gallons of water each year.
- Use low flow shower heads. You can find many styles anywhere you would find shower heads. You can save around twelve gallons of water per shower.
- Place a full water bottle in your toilet tank to save water each time you flush.
- If buying a new toilet look for ultra low flow toilets, or even better dual flush.
- Turn off the water while brushing your teeth and shaving. You will save around four gallons of water each time you brush.
- If you hand-wash your dishes don’t just leave the water running, fill the sink to wash them.
- Check for leaks in your toilet. Place a few drops of food coloring in the tank and if you see any in the bowl without flushing then you have a leak. Fixing toilet leaks can save around 200 gallons of water a day.
- Only run full loads in the dishwasher and washing machine.
- If buying a new washing machine look for a water saving high efficiency (HE) washer.
- When planting this spring look for native plants that are used to our climate and require less water.
- If possible skip watering your lawn. If not possible then water during cooler parts of the day to avoid evaporating.
About the Author
Lisa Sharp is passionate about green living, organic food, animals, and natural medicine. She is an environmental activist, green living expert, and consultant. In addition to being the founder and editor of Green Oklahoma, Lisa has a green living blog, Retro Housewife Goes Green. You can follow Lisa on twitter @Retrohousewife5 and Facebook.