Water is one of earth’s most remarkable resources. We use it for cooking, cleaning, bathing and we must have it to sustain life. Clean drinking water is something we could easily for granted as it is so readily available by just turning on a tap while in some countries it is a commodity that is tantamount to the Holy Grail. Conserving our water supply and protecting it for future generations is something we can easily incorporate into our daily lives.
1. Fix leaky faucets. A 1/32″ drip can waste 18,500 gallons of water in a three month period.
2. Fix that leaky toilet. A 1/8″ stream wastes 296,000 gallons of water every 3 months.
3. If you wash your car yourself, grab a bucket and a sponge and use your hose only for the final rinse. If you use a car wash, be sure it’s one that recycles their water.
4. When cleaning your patio or sidewalk, pick up a broom instead of a hose. Be sure to pick up everything with a broom or dustpan to prevent any harmful waste from flowing down the gutter and into the ocean.
5. Check to see if you have a leaky toilet. Some leaks are silent and easy to fix. Pick up free leak detector dye tablets at the Community Center Information /Desk or the Laguna Woods City Hall counter. Use the tables as directed to find out if you have a leaky toilet.
6. Keep a watering can next to the sink to catch the water as you wait for the hot water. This water can be used for watering plants, cooking, pet’s water dish…well you get the idea.
7. Water-saving shower heads and low-flush toilets can save 500 to 800 gallons a month. California law now requires that all replacement toilets have a low storage capacity of 1.6 gallons.
These are just a few practical ways we can conserve water and help preserve our supply for future generations. You don’t need to do everything all at once, just making a few simple changes in the way we do things can make a big impact on our environment.
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