Water is one of the most precious resources on our planet. It may seem like there is an endless supply of water, but with populations increasing all over the world, the supply of fresh water is being stretched to its limit. Fresh water is used for essential activities such as drinking, bathing and cleaning our clothes and eating utensils. If the idea of fresh water conservation were to catch on all over the world, then we may be able to help get water to those that need it to survive.
Cut Back on Personal Use
Think when you use fresh water for things such as watering the lawn or taking a shower. When you water the lawn you only need to get the lawn wet for the water to be effective and you only need to water your lawn once a week. Showering should take just long enough to get yourself clean. An extended hot shower can be relaxing, but it can also waste fresh water.
Make Plumbing Repairs
Dripping faucets and leaking pipes are more than inconvenient, they are also wasting fresh water. Dripping water can also lead to the growth of mold, so make plumbing repairs as soon as the need appears.
When you are washing the dishes, use one sink with soapy water and the other sink filled with clean water to rinse. Do not let the fresh water run while doing the dishes. If you use a dishwasher, then only run it when it is completely full.
Only use your washing machine when it is completely full. When your washing machine is only half full it will continue to add water until it is filled to its needed level. When the washing machine is filled with clothes, it will fill itself with less water.
Set up collection jugs at the base of your gutter downspouts and collect rainwater to be used for watering your lawn or your garden.
Replace your toilet and shower head with water-efficient models. If you cannot afford to replace your toilet, then lower the water level in the tank by an inch or two.
If you clean your fish tanks by emptying them, then use the fish water to feed your lawn and garden.
Washing the Car
Take your car to the car wash rather than washing it with your own hose. Car washes are set to conserve water and save money for themselves, so you can use that function as a way to save water.
Choose to use a swimming pool, or even a small portable wading pool, for water fun rather than a sprinkler or any other water fun device that puts out water continuously. If you do use a sprinkler for the kids to run through, then use it sparingly, and move it around to water the lawn at the same time the kids are using it.
Use melted ice left in a drinking cup or ice that has fallen to the floor to water your plants rather than dumping it down the drain.