The ongoing drought in California has led to new regulations concerning water conservation. Water is essential for consumption, but there are other ways to reduce its use. Instead of taking water for granted, many individuals are learning how to conserve this valuable resource. Here are five ways that you can start conserving water today.
Reuse Water as Much as Possible
If a property owner has a vegetable garden, it is vital to water the seedlings in order to grow produce. Rather than permitting water to go down the drain after washing dishes, use dishpans and take the rinse water outside to pour on vegetable plants.
Installing a Composting Toilet
It is possible to replace a low-flow toilet with a composting toilet that uses little to no water. Modern composting toilets are comfortable to use and do not create foul odors. Depending on the number of people living in a home, it is possible to conserve thousands of gallons of water each year.
Switch Over to Point-of-Use Water Heaters
In the United States, having one large water heater in a utility closet or basement is common. However, in European countries, buildings often have point-of-use water heaters that help to conserve water. When hot water must travel a long distance through pipes, it cools down and this leads to using more water to wash dishes or shower.
Avoid Using a Kitchen Sink’s Garbage Disposer
When a property owner uses a kitchen sink’s garbage disposer, it can require up to seven gallons of water to rinse away the food debris. When a homeowner uses a garbage disposer after each meal, it can waste as much as 21 gallons of water each day. Buy and use a garbage pail to throw away waste, or create a compost pile for a garden.
Replace Natural Grass with Artificial Turf
It is nearly impossible to keep real grass looking beautiful during a drought because the plants require a lot of water several times a week. However, artificial turf does not require water, and it offers an easy way to have a gorgeous lawn.
Reusing water, installing a low-flow toilet, switching to point-of-use water heaters, refraining from using the garbage disposer, and installing artificial grass are only five of the many strategies for saving water. Implement these changes to start conserving water today and helping end the California drought.
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