Clean water is a precious resource crucial to survival and an integral part of self-sufficient living. Water conservation at your home should be instinctive, and is especially important for those living in dry regions and/or during a post-SHTF life when readily available municipal water may be limited or non-existent.
Here are several ideas to conserve water for in and around your home…
Turn off the faucet when you’re brushing your teeth, washing your hands, doing dishes, etc., except when you need it to rinse.
Take shorter showers.
Or, turn off the water during your shower. Get wet, turn off the water, soap up, then rinse.
After turning on the hot water faucet, and while waiting for hot water to come out, catch the cold water that comes out first, and use it for other things like watering the plants, etc.
Install low-flow shower heads
Install low-flow faucet aerators.
Wait until you have a full load of clothes before you wash them.
Front loading washers use less water than top loaders.
Wash your clothes less often, until they’re actually dirty.
Wait until you have a fairly full dishwasher load.
Don’t pre-rinse your dishes in the sink before you load them in the dishwasher.
Check your faucets and toilet plumbing for slow leaks, or drips.
Re-use gray water where applicable (in gardens, etc.)
Use a garbage disposal sparingly
Convert to a low-flush toilet
Don’t flush until it’s time… “If it’s yellow let it mellow, if it’s brown flush it down.”
Catch the rain. Use a rain-barrel system or other methods to capture rain water.
Water your garden/lawn in the evening instead of during the day.
Water only the areas that need it.
Water deeply and less often.
Use mulch to retain moisture.
Let your grass grow longer and cut it taller.
Or don’t grow any grass… go natural.
Have ideas of your own? Leave a comment and let the rest of us know…