The drought is continuing and it shows no signs of ending soon. We are finishing the driest May-Decemeber on record, January looks to not be record breaking but very close. The precipitation for the rest of the month doesn’t look good, February doesn’t look good either. With communities racing to find water as lakes and other water sources dry up, we must all do our part to help conserve the water we have. Conservation doesn’t have to be a lot of work or sacrifice and if we all do our part we can help reduce the strain on our water supplies.
- Turn off the water when getting ready. Instead of running the water while shaving, fill the sink a little bit, and turn off the water while brushing your teeth.
- Only run full loads in your dishwasher and washing machine.
- 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.
- When replacing appliances like a dishwasher or washing machine, look for the ones that use the least amount of water.
- If you have water left in a glass or from boiling something like pasta or vegetables, use the cool water to water plants.
- If at all possible, don’t water your lawn. We all love green lawns but with this water crisis it’s not worth the cost. If you really must water, do it as little as possible and make sure if your city as water restrictions that you follow them.
- Take showers instead of baths and keep the showers as short as possible. If buying a new shower head, opt for a lower flow one that will help save even more water.
- Put low flow aerators on your faucets. These are cheap and easy to install. They can save thousands of gallons of water each year.
These are just a few easy tips to help us all conserve water while we deal with this terrible drought and water crisis. If you have more tips please share them in the comments below or on our Facebook page.
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