Having a regular supply of safe and clean water, majority of us fail to understand the importance of water as a commodity, taking our water supply for granted and wasting it, without thinking much about water conservation. The fact remains that water is getting scarce with every passing day and the need for water conservation is now more pressing than ever. The good news is that there are some simple ways you can conserve water in your daily lives. Following are 6 simple measures you can undertake to do your bit towards water conservation.
Try washing fruits and vegetables in a bowl of water
Do you always wash your fruits and vegetables under a running faucet after you get them from the market? If yes, that is where you’re going terribly wrong when it comes to water conservation. Next time when you’re back from the vegetable market, try washing your fruits and vegetables in a bowl or pot filled with water instead of washing them under a tap of running water. This way you won’t only save a good amount of water, but the water from the bowl or pot can also be reused to water your houseplants or your garden.
Opt for a synthetic lawn rather than a real one
Worried about your water bill just going higher and higher? Wondering what you can do to save a considerable amount of water that goes into your garden? Have you ever considered replacing your real lawn with a synthetic one? Yes, imagine having a luxurious lawn without having to worry about fertilizing, maintenance and watering! Essentially, synthetic grass is a great alternative for real grass lawns. The grass is made up of synthetic material which is weather and UV resistant, and has a lifespan of almost 15 to 20 years! The matting of synthetic turf is made up of rubber and sand, giving you the soft and real feel of grass under your feet. The best part is that you never have to water the lawn and it still looks as green and natural as a real lawn!
Order water at a restaurant only if you’re going to drink it
How many times have you gone to a restaurant and left your glass of water untouched? Millions of us visit restaurants and cafes each day but not all of us necessarily touch the glass of water left for us on the table. Imagine the amount of water getting wasted this way! Even if you do drink your glass of water, only get it re-filled if you’re going to drink more. You can always politely refuse for it to be re-filled or ask your server to fill it only half-way.
Fix all water leaks at home
Something perhaps everyone out there should do is to check their homes for water leaks. Leaks are one of the major factors that lead to water loss and not getting them fixed only makes the situation worse. An average home apparently loses around 9.5 gallons of water everyday due to leaks. A small drip from a leaking faucet can lose up to 20 gallons of water every day, with larger leaks wasting hundreds of gallons of water! Living in urban areas, amidst all the comforts of life, we fail to realize the value of water. Make sure you check all pipes, faucets, sprinklers, toilet tanks, and hoses at home for any leaks that you might suspect. You’d be surprised that for most of these leaks can be fixed as simply using a duct tape or an electrical tape.
Reuse cooking water
How many times do you boil vegetables and the water ends up down the drain? The next time you steam or boil vegetables, try reusing the water rather than chucking it down the drain! The water left behind by steaming or boiling vegetables is full of nutrients so you might want to think twice before throwing it. Whether you use it as a vegetable stock in your soup, as an additive to your cooking, in baby food, or even to water your plants, there are a number of nifty ways to reuse this water. The nutrient-filled water works as a natural fertilizer for plants. So the next time you boil vegetables, you know what to do with the leftover water!
Take shorter showers
No matter how much you love taking long leisure showers, as a responsible and aware individual, you ought to cut down on your shower time if you’re looking to do your bit towards saving water. Get into the habit of taking shorter showers by limiting the time spent to soap up, wash down, and rinse off. Many a times, the warm shower feels so good and relaxing that you lose count of time. In such a situation, try using a shower timer which lets you set up a time notification and notifies you when it’s time to get out of the shower! This way you not only save a huge amount of water, but you can also cut down dramatically on your water bill.
Alicia Stewart, the author of this article, works with, Evergreen Synthetic Grass, leading suppliers of Australian made synthetic grass. She is passionate about gardening and enjoys researching ways to better her abilities.
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