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Here are some ways you can help conserve water resources!

Nov 08,2023 | Kitchen, Bathroom, Bathtub, Shower Faucet - Wovier

Making small adjustments to water-wasting behaviors can save a significant amount of this precious liquid.

Have you ever left the tap running and let the water flow continuously or taken long showers without truly considering how much water you're actually wasting?

This year, many residents in the United States don't have that luxury. Nearly 50% of western states are in a "severe drought" situation, with California being over 75% in an "exceptional drought" state.

Regardless of whether you're in a drought emergency, it's important to be mindful of how much water you use. We offers some suggestions to help you change your water-wasting habits:

1. Actually reuse water: If you're boiling pasta or emptying your pet's water bowl, don't immediately pour the leftover water down the kitchen sink. The leftover water can be used for watering indoor plants or outdoor vegetation.

2. Order water wisely: When dining out, it's common to have a glass of tap water served before ordering your meal. Only order water if you intend to drink it. Be cautious about refills as well; only accept a refill if you plan to drink the extra liquid. Also, remember that washing those used glasses requires extra water.

3. Don't let it run unnecessarily: We've all heard this advice, but it's crucial to turn off the tap when brushing your teeth, washing your face, or shaving. Remember that if you let the water run while cleaning your teeth for the recommended two minutes, you're actually wasting three gallons of water.

4. Handle food scraps properly: Running a garbage disposal in the sink uses an average of one gallon of water per person per day. So, be mindful of these choices. Dispose of food scraps in the trash, or, if you're really environmentally conscious, consider starting a backyard compost pile. If you don't have a backyard, there are indoor composting options available. After all, if New York City apartment residents can do it, why can't you?

If you're ambitious, you can also check out the comprehensive guide from the California Urban Water Conservation Council.

Just remember that using less water benefits the public and is also favorable for your wallet.