Saving Water at Home

A milk jug with the top cut off for collecting water.Water, being such a valuable resource, should never be wasted. When running the faucet to get hot water, collect the water in a bucket or cut-up gallon milk bottle. We live in a small house and we can fill two, gallon milk jugs of water before the water is hot.


We remove the white flexible hose that connects to the gutter and pour the collected water into our rain barrel outside the house. When it rains, the rain water from the gutters goes straight into the rain barrels. We use this water for watering plants in our backyard. It hardly rains in Southern California, and whatever water we collect reduces our water consumption.

A rain barrel for collecting water from the gutters.

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Saved water while waiting for the hot can be used in myriad other ways as well: watering houseplants, brushing teeth, adding to the kettle (for tea), making soup from bullion ....


My local bottle depot has large (19 L / 5 gallon) water cooler jugs for sale at $5 each. They're not quite as pretty as new ones, but they are water tight and - 2 or 3, depending on the number of people in the house, when filled and stored in the basement - are perfect for emergency use.

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