Our Earth has a limited source of freshwater, which is the clean (not salty) water we use for drinking, washing our hands and dishes, and showering. Therefore, initiatives to conserve water can majorly lessen the rate of water supply depletion and help make a positive environmental difference. If you are interested in conserving water to be mindful of not being wasteful, here are 5 basic and convenient ways to conserve water:
- Shut off the sink when not using the water: When you are brushing your teeth, washing dishes, or even washing your hands, making sure the sink is only running when necessary is a great way to easily conserve water. It is of no inconvenience to do so and makes an immeasurable impact, so add this habit into your routine!
- Take shorter showers/less baths: Taking shorter showers can save gallons of water in just a week! Baths can also be wasteful, so taking just one less bath a month can also save gallons of water per bath. Limit shower time to 5-10 minutes maximum, and shut the water off as frequently as possible.
- Fix leaks in your shower or tap: Most people have minor leaks from their sinks and showers in their homes. These barely noticeable leaks can go years without being fixed and amount to a significant amount of wasted clean water. Fix your sinks and shower leaks to join in making small differences towards water conservation.
- Don’t over-water your garden: Make sure you don’t give your flowers, plants, or vegetable garden more water than it needs! Agricultural actions are one of the top ways water is wasted, so don’t keep your garden hose running for too long. Another thing you can use for your plants is greywater from your washing machine, which is water that isn’t clean for drinking but suffices in helping plants grow.
- Only turn on your dishwasher on a full load: Unless you have a full load of dishes in your dishwasher, running it half empty is wasteful of gallons of water at a time. Ensuring that you don’t use your dishwasher so frequently and waiting until it is full before running it is an easy and ideal way to conserve freshwater.