Today, a vast majority of the Western United States is undergoing heightened restrictions on both indoor and outdoor water usage.
If Californians and other West Coasters have unconsciously overlooked the severity of our extreme water shortage thus far, we are now coming to grips with the seriousness of our drought issue as both local and state-wide water usage regulations are being enforced in order to prepare for the dry summer months ahead.
Although we can’t influence the course of Mother Nature, we can make daily changes to help conserve the limited resources we do have.
Tips to Conserve Water Usage Indoors
1. Take shorter showers- a great way to cut down on water usage is to turn off the water after you soap up, then turn it back on to rinse off.
2. Turn off the water after you wet your toothbrush- don’t let the water run while brushing your teeth. Get your tooth brush wet and then use a glass of water to rinse.
3. Turn off water faucets tightly so they don’t drip
4. When washing dishes by hand, don’t let the water continue to run for rinsing
5. When taking a shower, don’t waste cold water while waiting for hot water to reach the shower head- instead, catch the water in a container and use it to water your indoor and outdoor plants.
Tips to Conserve Water Usage Outdoors
6. Water in the early mornings or later in the evenings- when temperatures are cooler and the water won’t be absorbed by the sun.
7. Set your sprinkler timers in order to avoid over-usage- frequently adjust sprinklers to ensure they are watering only your lawn and not the neighbor’s yard, sidewalk or street.
8. Use a water-efficient irrigation system- (such as a drip irrigation) for your trees, shrubs, flowers and vegetable gardens.
9. Water your lawn only when it needs it- although it may be water day, if your lawn is holding onto its green and it springs back when you step on it, then it doesn’t need water.
10.Use a broom, not a hose, to clean driveways and sidewalks.
Talk to your family about ways you can work together to decrease water usage this summer. Keep in mind that even the smallest changes can make a world of difference.