Today is World Water Day, a day to reflect on the importance of water, and among other things, how to conserve this precious resource. As a citizen, you and your community can do a lot to help protect our water supply—water conservation starts right at home.
Here’s some simple practices you can enforce at home to help save water:
In the kitchen:
- Install low-flow faucets, which can save you up to 3.5 gallons of water a minute
- Wash fruits and vegetables in your sink, rather than running water
- Install an energy-efficient dishwasher (*our new homes come with eco-friendly appliances)
- Avoid pre-rinsing dishes, and ensure your dishwasher is completely full before running it
- Keep a jug of water in the fridge, rather than running the tap until it’s cold
- Designate one glass for water drinking per day, instead of dirtying (and having to clean) multiple glasses
In the laundry room:
- Use front-loading washing machines, which are energy-efficient and use less water (*our new homes come with eco-friendly appliances)
- Ensure your laundry loads are large enough before running the washing machine
- Match the water level in your washer to the size of your load
- Wash in cold water whenever possible
Outside your home:
- Avoid running your sprinkler to water your lawn
- Use a rain barrel to catch rainwater for watering plants/flowers
- Avoid running your hose for extended periods of time: washing your car, washing your siding, etc.
In the bathroom:
- Use water-efficient shower heads
- Install water-efficient faucets
- Check your toilet for leaks
- Install a low-flow toilet
- Turn off the tap while you are brushing your teeth, or shaving, etc.
- Turn off the water while washing your hair
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