If you take one five-minute shower a day, wash one load of clothes; brush your teeth twice a day, shave your face or legs once, use the dishwasher once, and flush the toilet 8 times in any given day you have used nearly 50 gallons of water. Multiply that by 365 days and you have used over 18,000 gallons of water in a year. That doesn't include what you use to water your garden.
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We have water saver shower heads & kitchen faucet.
I don't always shower every day,sometimes I just freshen up with a wet wash cloth & sometimes I do that more than once a day.
I've Never run the water while I brush my teeth I just rinse the brush when I take it from the holder,Put toothpaste on,Wet it a bit,turn off the water,Brush my teeth then rinse the brush & out it back.
I also shave dry due to always having cat scratches & various other clutz related scabs I don't want to shave off,OUCH!.
I collect the water from running it to get hot in Drink jugs to water my plants & animals.
Mom & I live alone & I have a bit of a bladder problem 24/7. Mom has it at night.We don't feel compelled to flush every time we ,shall we say ,drizzle a bit. If we did ,the local water table would likely drop several feet per year.
We have a well & a septic tank but our laundry water doesn't go into the tank & we wash our dishes in the sink using a small bucket of suds & a scrubber sponge to get the crud off the dishes,[we also soak some by filling with diluted suds,] then rinse & air dry.
I do confess to taking an occasional much needed Long Hot shower. I get aches & pains that only the warm water & steam can help.
There's another way that you can conserve water, xeriscape landscaping. When we lived in FL, the Ag. Dept. had a brochure on how to do this. It's low-water and water conserving landscaping.
There is an Ezine about xeriscape landscaping, Xeriscape Gardening News. I find there is a lot of great information in it. Here's a link to September's issue:
Also if you search in Google for xeriscape and your state there is a lot of information about xeriscape gardening at universities and extension services for particular areas.
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