Water Conservation – How Can Your Family Help?

Water conservation is an issue for the earth.  For a planet that is primarily built on water, it seems unnecessary to ever worry about running out of water.  The lesser-known fact is that only about 1% of this water is drinkable.  Water is constantly being cleaned or filtered through man-made and nature.  It eventually all comes back to us, right?  The issue, more particularly pertaining to drinking water, is the reality that fresh water can’t be replenished at the speed we’re consuming it.  It’s a speed issue.

faucetConserving water falls into the category of environmentalism.  Consider it another series of small steps that you can take into your daily lives to help all species live with full access to clean drinking water.  By conserving water, you’re helping the fresh water lakes, streams and rivers stay bountiful for fish and animals.  You’re reducing the demand for more water treatment plants.  You’re also putting less strain on the earth’s natural filtration process (which is already very slow).

You Might Be Using 70 Gallons Of Water Per Day

The average human uses 70 gallons of water per day on average (perhaps more, depending on which study you prefer).  Multiply that by the billions of humans on the planet, and factor that against the 1% of the planet’s drinking water.  That puts a pretty large lens on water conservation, and makes it more tangible.

This consumable water is used in many ways.  More than just cooking or drinking, this water is the same we shower with, wash our clothes with, clean our dishes with, and flush our toilets with.  If you have leaky pipes or a faucets that don’t fully turn off, you’re wasting thousands of gallons a year.

Practical Tips To Conserve Water

Water conservation can be a family goal.  Teaching your kids about the values of water is a simple lesson, one they can easily get on board with.  It gives them a challenge they can achieve and be proud of.  Here are 40 great tips for your family to discuss and practice.

  1. Wash hands and brush teeth with less water.  Wet the hands or the brush, then turn off the faucet.  Especially with the abundance of liquid soaps, you don’t need the water running until you need to rinse the soap off.  You could save hundreds of gallons a month on both of these.
  2. Shorter showers.  Sometimes we turn the water on, take our time getting in, or even hang out to wake ourselves up.  A little bit of motivation can get us through the shower process much more efficiently.
  3. Don’t waste bath water.  It’s common for people to turn on the bath water, wait until it gets to the desired temperature, then close the drain.  But, if you close the drain immediately and adjust the temperature as it fills, you’re accomplishing the same goal – a favorable temperature.
  4. Wash clothes and dishes only when the machines are full.  Buying newer water efficient machines are a great step (especially those with load-size adjustments), but some families are fine running these machines when they’re not completely full.  This accounts for additional runs that aren’t needed which uses hundreds of gallons of water.
  5. Soak dirty pots and pans.  Hot water is a miracle for removing hard food on our cookware, but soaking the pots and pans with a little grease cutting soap works a lot better than running the low pressure hot water on it.  And saves plenty of water, too.
  6. Use mulch around your house.  Mulch is a fantastic (and cheap) way to hold moisture into your trees and bushes, and actually lessens the need to water them.  This is especially useful for areas with a hotter climate.
  7. Watch for leaking toilets.  Toilets are notorious for wasted water.  In time the flapper deteriorates inside the toilet.  If you hear your toilet automatically flushing itself, or see a stream inside the bowl, you probably need a replacement flapper.  This is a $10 replacement that you can actually do yourself.
  8. Wash the car as efficiently as possible.  Fill a soapy bucket and you don’t need to hose the car.  You’ll need the hose to rinse off the soap, but being as short with the hose as possible will help the cause.
  9. Aerate your lawn.  Let your grass enjoy the rain more easily and often.  You’ll see a healthier lawn that needs less sprinklers and manual watering.
  10. Share these tips with everyone you know.  Knowledge is power – have your kids share this with their friends, their grandparents, and pass the encouragement to the rest of the community.  Teach them that sharing a pro-planet message is a great thing to do.