Attending conferences like the 2016 Los Angeles Water Conservation Forum is something that I have always made time for since college days. Although three-quarters of the world is supposed to be made up of water, there are still locations where it’s as if there’s drought all year round. If they manage to get water, they are unsure whether it’s drinkable or not. Hence, I try to go to such conventions to find out how to lower my water footprint.
Here are the tips that I have gathered over the years.
1. Minimize Water Use Inside Your Home
One of the things that I realized is that it is not difficult to lower your water consumption at home. For instance, instead of taking long showers, you can buy a bucket and a dipper so that you’ll get to bathe quickly. Take advantage of your double sink as well to avoid letting the water run the entire time you’re cleaning the dishes.
2. Repurpose Water
Consuming water when washing things is quite inevitable. However, if your goal is to save some of it, you should repurpose the water that you utilize. Say, use the soapy water after a carwash to scrub your driveway, or hydrate your plants with water from laundry.
3. Try Recycling Stuff
Furthermore, you can conserve water once you recycle the things you use at home. In case you are unaware of it, the companies that produce milk, eggs, vegetables, meat, and other non-edible goods need water to process and deliver them. By recycling them, though, the scraps won’t eventually end up in sewers, rivers, or oceans.
Saving water is important, regardless if you think that your area has an endless supply of it. Dry spells can occur anywhere; we merely don’t know when it might strike your location. Considering you want to avoid that, you should start lowering your water footprint now.