How much water do you use a day? Would you believe 60-80 gallons is an average amount of water used per person per day?
There are simple habits we can adopt to conserve our water use at all times, but especially in times of drought. Watching water use in our homes makes a difference in making a limited resource go further.
Inside the home water savings:
1. Take short showers instead of baths or only fill tub ½ full.
2. Install water saving toilets and showerheads.
3. Turn the water off when brushing teeth, shaving, washing dishes, and more.
4. Wash clothes and dishes only when you have a full load.
5. Waiting for the water to get warm? Catch that cool water for plant watering.
6. Check for leaky toilets and faucets that waste water.
Outdoor water savings:
1. Limit outdoor watering to the coolest part of the day. Consider using soaker hoses or trickle irrigation for trees and shrubs. Grass can go dormant in dry times and recover when normal rainfall patterns return.
2. Check irrigation systems for correct adjustment and leaks.
3. Group plants with similar water needs in the landscape and consider drought tolerant plants.
4. Mulch around shrubs and in flower beds to retain soil moisture.