During the stormy season, keep barrels at the ends of the house for water run off. This can be used to water the garden, water the animals and other outside things.
Don't wash that car. Wait to wash your car until you have resources available.
Reuse canning water in the washer instead of having to add water to it.
Only do the wash when you have a full load of clothes. Wash your clothes late at night to save electricity. This is not during peak hours.
Use the dishwasher on a setting that uses less water. If you wash dishes by hand, only put enough water in the sink to wash what you have and leave the rest for the end of the day cleanup when you can add more hot water to it. (If you scrape plates clean it will be easier to accomplish this task.)
Don't allow the water to run when you brush your teeth or wash your face.
Last but not least, be sure you take short showers and that all your water elements are energy savers.
By maphisx7 from Gordonsville, VA
All great ideas. Some I remember my mother telling me ages ago and others were new and quite clever, thank you! I just wanted to put a warning out to people regarding gathering rain water. We moved from Virginia to out west and recently learned that there are places out here where it is against the law to collect rainwater. I forget the exact reason, but before you do, make sure you know your state's or town's laws.
Good common sense tips.
Collecting rainwater in many areas is against the law because of assorted pollutants and also in many areas they aerial spray regularly for bugs and the insecticides settle/collect on roofs, etc. and then the insecticides run off along with the rainwater. That water definitely would not be fit to drink, wash with or use on foods in the garden. :-(
Another way to conserve water is to turn it off while washing hands and dishes and then turn back on to rinse.
When you wash your hands, wet them, turn the water off, soap them, then turn water back on to rinse. Keep a bucket in the shower and catch the water as you wait for it to warm up. The same applies to the kitchen sink. Save the little ones bath water to flush the toilet with.Run the washer hose to a barrel and use the water on your lawn (use white vinegar on whites, not bleach) or garden, the soap will keep bugs away. If you have window air conditioners, place a bucket under it and catch the water to flush toilets, wash the car or mop the floor. Every drop of water saved helps.
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24 Great Water Conservation Tips
By Paul Guzman from Las Cruces, NM
I agree with every aspect Paul. I live in Australia where most of our country has a dire water shortage, and my state, Victoria there are now severe water restrictions.. ie, cars must be washed with a bucket(S) of water, no hosing..lawns may not be watered AT ALL, gardens may be watered, at restricted hours and times, no refilling of back yard swimming pools without council permission, and then they have to be filled with a bucket. Makes me wonder just how many people are eager for a swim now!
The good thing is that the majority of people are doing their darndest, obeying the restrictions, utilizing grey water for gardens, installing rain water tanks, etc.
I'm a (rented) second floor apartment dweller, no yard or garden, but do what I can too.. my potted plants are often watered with the water that comes out of my fish tank when I change the fishes water. I wash dishes (handwash) only once a day. I make sure no taps are dripping. I shower only long enough to get my body wet and clean.. I guarantee less than the suggested three minutes.
The environmental warning bells have rung loud and clear, and we ignore them at our peril.
Considering the fact that we are now in a Stage 3 Water Conservation, I was wondering what else could be done to support our city's situation.
I have heard about people who keep extra containers in the kitchen in which to pour the water that is used for rinsing veggies and other light kitchen duties, but not suitable for drinking. I always thought it was a great idea, but never got around to doing it until now.
Today, I watered two very large planters for free by using water from rinsed veggies and running water through the purifier for a couple of minutes, first thing in the morning to clear it out. Not bad for a couple of minutes' worth of work.
By the time I ran the disposal, I was feeling badly that the extra water was going into the sewer instead of in the garden. If you do this, you will be surprised at how much water actually goes down the drain when you quickly fill up double quart pitchers doing routine kitchen maintenance. Once the Water Conservation ends, I think that the water jug from veggie washing will continue.
By Holly from Richardson, TX
I keep a square dishpan in my sink that I run water into when I rinse something, wash my hands, etc. I even rinse my dishes over it when I wash by hand and later scoop up the dishwater too. I then empty it into a 3 gallon bucket which I take outside to water my flowers, plants, trees, and garden. All my plants are nice and green.
Why use the disposal? Start a compost pile. If your refuse is too little, maybe the block club could contribute.