While drought continues to linger in states such as California and Texas, dry conditions have started to make their way across the United States. Sustainable water use may not currently be a practice of necessity in some states, but making these habits second nature can help to conserve our planet’s most precious resource now and for when the time comes.
Though Wahaso specializes in commercial water harvesting systems, we always encourage sustainable water use at home as well! Here are Wahaso’s top ten ways to conserve water:
10. Turn Off the Faucet While Washing Hands
Turning off the water while you lather your hands or brush your teeth can save up to four gallons a minute. Though it may seem small, it adds up quickly and can result in hundreds of gallons of water savings!
9. Check Faucets for Leaks
A leaky faucet may be annoying, but it also leads to gallons of water going right down the drain. One drop every second can add up to five gallons per day, and that’s only for one faucet!
8. Only Wash Full Loads of Laundry or Dishes
Running the washer or dishwasher only when full can add up to thousands of gallons of water savings over the course of year!
7. Reuse Water Used for Cooking
Before you pour out water used to cook pasta or vegetables, reuse it as a base for soup. Alternatively, let it cool down and then use it for watering plants!
6. Switch to a High Efficiency (HE) Dishwasher
Dishwashers typically use less water than washing dishes by hand, and high efficiency dishwashers can help you save even more! Also, if your dishwasher is new, cut down on rinsing beforehand as newer washers clean better than older ones.
5. Install Water Saving Showerheads
Replace old showerheads with WaterSense labeled shower heads. They are 20% more water efficient than average showerheads and can save up to 750 gallons of water per month!
4. Take Shorter Showers, Not Baths!
Shortening your shower by just a minute or keeping your showers under five minutes are both simple ways that can lead to big water savings, up to 1000 gallons per month!
3. Collect Water in a Rain Barrel for Reuse
If you live in an area that receives regular rainfall, collect water to use later for watering plants rather than using the hose!
2. Utilize Passive Methods of Water Harvesting
If possible, replace your asphalt driveway with permeable pavement, or create vegetated swales alongside of your driveway with gravel, plants, and grasses. Also, select plants and grasses that match the climate to avoid having a lawn that needs constant watering!
1. Install a Rainwater or Greywater Harvesting System
On a larger scale, as a water harvesting company, we recommend installing water harvesting systems in commercial and municipal buildings if possible! Wahaso has designed hundreds of systems, providing the optimal solution for your building, resulting in more sustainable and environmentally sound water use. To get started with our free scoping process, contact us!
For more water saving tips, check out Water Use It Wisely’s 100+ Ways to Conserve Water. No matter how small or large, every conservation effort makes a difference!
About the Writer: Emily Avellana is a senior majoring in marketing at Elmhurst College and a Marketing Assistant at Wahaso.