By Katie S.
Water conservation is very important in Southern California. We have experienced many droughts over the past century, the most recent having just ended this year. Southern California receives very little rainfall, so we are thankful for El Niño, which occurred last winter. It brought heavy rains and ended the drought. To prevent another drought, we must do everything we can to conserve water.
There are many things you can do to conserve water in your bathroom. One thing you can do is to turn off the water while brushing your teeth. Water comes out of the average faucet at a rate of 2.5 gallons per minute. That’s a lot of water you can save if you turn off your faucet off as often as you can, whether that’s while brushing your teeth, washing your hands, or doing anything else.
Instead of wasting water by washing your car with a hose, convince your parents to head to a car wash that recycles water. Plant drought-tolerant plants at home, such as succulents or other water-wise ground cover. Water outdoor plants early in the morning or late at night in order to lose less water to evaporation. Even better, try to water them with recycled water that you have used earlier that day.
Try to take short showers. Inefficient, older shower heads can use as much as five gallons of water per minute. Try investing in more efficient fixtures, such as water conserving shower heads and faucets, or even a low-flow toilet. Don’t run your dishwasher or washing machine until it’s full, either.
Another way to conserve water, even if you don’t realize it, is by using less electricity. Power plants use thousands of gallons of water to cool, so by conserving electricity you’re conserving water, too.
The average American household uses four hundred gallons of water per day. Do your part to reduce this amount by conserving water any way you can.
For more information on how you can conserve water, visit http://www.care2.com/greenliving/20-ways-to-conserve-water-at-home.html.