Water conservation matters because clean water is a limited resource. The population of the U.S. has doubled in the last 50 years; our water usage has tripled. Fortunately, you can help conserve water at home. Below are some ideas:
- Install a water efficient toilet or put a brick in the tank of an older toilet. The brick will take up some of the space in the toilet so less water is used.
- Grow drought-tolerant plants that work well in your area. Xeriscaping is the practice of using plants that require little or no water. These plants look pretty, but they’re tough and sturdy.
- Water plants early in the morning or even at night in dry climates. Use soaker hoses and in-ground irrigation instead of sprinklers. These systems deliver water right to the plants so less water evaporates in the sun.
- Pay attention to the washing machine’s setting. Newer models automatically fill the washer with the right level of water for the amount of clothing in the load. If yours doesn’t do this, make sure you change the setting. Don’t wash a few clothes on the large load setting.
- Use a low-flow shower nozzle, which uses less water. Take showers instead of baths, which use up to 78 gallons each time.
- Use a dishwasher instead of washing dishes by hand, and make sure to run only full loads.
- Fix leaky faucets and toilets.
Questions and Answers
Question: A lot of these suggestions are for parents. What can I do to help?
Answer: You can do your part by turning off the water when you’re brushing your teeth or being mindful of how much time you spend in the shower. If clothing isn’t dirty, put it away and wear it more than once. Remind your parents about water conservation ideas.
Watch a video about how one city is conserving water.