Indoor and Outdoor Water Saving Tips

Published on May 24th, 2009 | by

With growing populations causing a continual rise in water demands, using less water and using it wisely has never been more important. The water issue is local as well as global; by implementing a few simple practices you can significantly reduce your water consumption and help to conserve one of your most precious natural resources.

Indoor Water Saving Tips

  • Replace older toilets with high efficiency ones.
  • Have showers instead of baths.
  • Install showerheads that use no more than 2.5 gallons of water per minute.
  • When you shower, first wet your body, then turn off the water as you apply soap. Then turn on the water to rinse the soap off again.
  • Turn off the tap when you brush your teeth, use water only to rinse and gargle.
  • Wash your fruits and vegetables in a bowl of water rather than under a running tap.
  • Fix leaky faucets in your kitchen and bathroom.
  • Run your clothes washer and dishwasher only when they are full.
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    Showerhead

    Outdoor Water Saving Tips

  • When you water your backyard, use more water to go deeper each time so that you do not have to water the backyard as often.
  • Use drip irrigation in your backyard if possible.
  • Select plants that adapt to a Mediterranean climate.
  • Apply mulch to gardens to maintain moisture in the soil.
  • Adjust your sprinklers so only your lawn is watered and not the house, sidewalk, or street.
  • Water your lawn and garden in the morning or evening when temperatures are cooler to minimize evaporation.

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    1 comment

    • Fresh water shortage is a growing concern across the world. Water levels have significantly dropped in many regions. Which means there will be a shortage of drinking water, as well as water for irrigation and cleaning. Water conservation hence is very necessary. Thank you for the water saving tips. I would also like to add a few more suggestions to your list: http://www.bewaterwise.com/tips01.html I hope they are useful too!

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