Since 2001, water consumption for an average family of four in Mecklenburg County has gone down from 11 Ccfs (8,228 gallons) per 30-day billing cycle to 7 Ccf’s (5,236 gallons) per 30-day billing cycle. We attribute this to increased water conservation measures as well as the installation of more efficient appliances and irrigation systems.
So problem solved right? Well, not exactly. We can always do more and who doesn’t like a challenge? So besides the usual stuff like not running the tap while brushing your teeth or taking shorter showers, what other ways can we conserve water? We’ve put together a list of five….
FIVE NEW WAYS TO CONSERVE WATER AT HOME
1.) Hey guys; plug the sink when shaving instead of letting the water run, you could save 300 gallons/month.
2.) Cook food in as little water as possible, this also helps retain foods nutrients.
3.) Leave lower branches on trees and shrubs and allow leaf litter to accumulate on the soil. This keeps the soil cooler and reduces evaporation.
4.) Wash Fido outdoors in an area of lawn that needs to be watered. You’ll have a clean dog and a watered lawn.
5.) Insulate hot water pipes to save energy and water. Remember water is an integral part of creating energy, and energy is necessary to treat drinking water. Conserving water conserves energy and vice versa. Check out our Energy and Water Nexus article for more information.
Have any other creative ways you conserve water? Let us know in the comments section and we will share them on Twitter.
Thanks to the Water Use It Wisely website for the tips.