Last week the governor of California, Jerry Brown, declared a drought for the state. "I've declared this emergency and I'm calling all Californians to conserve water in every way possible," stated Brown. You may be someone that regularly considers how much water they use, or you may not pay attention at all. If you do pay attention to your water usage, then great! Keep it up. But if you’re like most of us who take for granted that we have running water at the wave of a hand, then you’ll want to read this. Below are 5 not so obvious ways to conserve water in a drought.
Collect extra water
One way to conserve water in a drought is by collecting the water that falls from the shower or even the rain. All you have to do is get a bucket and leave it in the shower with you, or outside. With this extra water you can flush the toilet, or water your plants.
Turn off the water when you’re not using it
Okay, while this one might seem obvious to most people, there are probably about as many people who simply forget to turn off the water. In order to conserve water in a drought, turn it off between washing dishes, or rinsing your hands, or brushing your teeth. It may sound tedious but over time it will become second nature. If you have the means, purchasing a sensor that will automatically turn off when you’re not using water is also a great option.
If you’re a woman, taking a shower can be a long process. Especially when you have a lot of hair or you need to shave. Set a goal and time yourself. Planning how long you intend to be in the shower and what you need to do can help monitor your water usage and with the drought. Maybe you don’t have to wash your hair every day. You can also turn off the shower while you’re lathering your hair or shaving.
Have native plants
If you have a “green thumb” and you live in a place like California, getting plants that are native to the environment can help conserve water, especially during a drought. If you have grass, watering the dry spots by hand instead of running the whole system can help save water as well.
Don’t flush all the time
It’s sounds gross, but if you’re just going pee, you don’t necessarily have to flush all the time. This is only recommended in your own house; please do not do this in public places or other peoples bathrooms. Make sure everyone in the household agrees as well.
What are some ways you conserve water? Do you have any tips for the emergency drought? Let us know in the comments below!