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Easy ways to conserve water

By Courtesy of Metro Creative Services

This article was published April 20, 2012 at 6:00 a.m.

Every living thing on the planet requires water to survive. Without water, life as we know it would quickly perish. Despite the importance of water, many do not think ahead to what would happen if water supplies dwindled. To avoid such a fate, it’s best to begin conserving water whenever possible.

Though estimates vary, most people use between 80 to 100 gallons of water each day. So many daily necessities require water use. By making a few changes here and there, it’s possible to considerably reduce the amount of water we waste each day.

  1. When hand-washing dishes, don’t let the tap run. Fill up the sink and wash the dishes; then rinse afterward.
  2. Wash clothing only when the entire machine is full.
  3. Adjust sprinklers so that only the lawn and shrubbery are watered — not the driveway or sidewalks. Or invest in a drip hose that waters the plants’ roots only and saves water.
  4. Invest in rain barrels that can collect water from downspouts on the home.
  5. Water plants and grass in early morning and early evening to avoid water evaporation from the hot sun.
  6. Spread a layer of mulch in planting beds and around trees to keep the roots moist.
  7. Check the home indoors and outdoors for any water leaks.
  8. Shorten showers by a minute or two. This can save up to 150 gallons of water per person, per month.
  9. Use the water-conservation cycle on a dishwasher.
  10. Use one glass or bowl all day for food and drink to reduce the number of items that need to be washed.
  11. Use a water-efficient showerhead to reduce water consumption by 75 percent.
  12. If you haven’t already done so, switch all toilets to low-flow toilets.

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