by Gaye Levy, The Sleuth Journal:
It is my belief that preparedness is a lifestyle and to that end, we need to be proactive and embrace good habits now so when and if a crisis, disaster or collapse occurs, these habits will be second nature and intuitive. One of those habits is the conservation of household water.
Today I share 15 ways to conserve water, beginning in the bathroom since interestingly enough, that is where 75% of all household water is used.
HOW TO CONSERVE HOUSEHOLD WATER
1. The faucet at the bathroom sink does not need to be running continuously while you brush your teeth, wash your face or shave. You will save between three and five gallons of water each minute your faucet is turned off. That is a lot of water.! Instead, use the stopper on the sink and drain the basin when you are done.
2. Only flush when needed. A toilet is not a wastepaper basket for tissues, cotton balls or other bits of trash.
3. Most toilets installed before 1980 use 5-7 gallons of water per flush. Toilets installed between 1980 and 1993 use 3.5 gallons per flush. Toilets installed since 1994 use 1.6 gallons.
If you happen to have an older toilet, consider filling a used soda bottle or jar with water and small pebbles or marbles and place it upright in the tank. This will cut down on the amount of water that flows through the tank with each flush. Just be careful not to place the bottle where it will jam the flushing mechanism. Also, make sure you don’t displace so much water that you have to double-flush. Double flushing wastes more water than you would save.
4. Check for leaky facets and toilets. It is easy to replace worn washers and since a small leak can waste many gallons of water a day, it is well worth the effort to test for leaks now.
The way to test for toilet leaks is to put a few drops of food coloring in the tank to see if the colored water appears in the bowl. This takes about 10 minutes. If the water color changes, you have a leak. Not to worry though. Most leaks can be repaired with a kit that you can pick up at your local hardware store. You can find lots of information on toilets and toilet repairs at the Toiletology 101 website.
Keep in mind that little leaks can add fast. A faucet drip or invisible toilet leak that totals only two tablespoons a minute comes to 15 gallons a day. That’s 105 gallons a week or 5,460 wasted gallons of water a year.
Helpful hint: Are you wondering how long the parts in your toilet tank should last? The answer is: it depends. Replaceable parts such as flappers and washers or seals inside the refill valve may last several years. However factors such as water treatment processes, toilet bowl cleaners, and high water pressure can cause parts to disintegrate much sooner. If you touch the flapper and get black “goo” on your hands, the flapper needs to be replaced.
5. Check for hidden water leaks elsewhere in your home by reading your water meter. What you do is read the house water meter before and after a two-hour period when no water is being used. If the meter does not read exactly the same, there is a leak.
6. Take shorter showers. Bathing and showering consume huge amounts of water. One good way to conserve is to turn the water off while you soap up. I get too cold doing that so instead, I have installed a water saving shower head. Another option is to limit the length of your shower to 5 minutes or less. Reducing your shower time by 1 minute can save up to 1,000 gallons of water a year.
7. When you take a bath, use lots of bubble bath. I kid you not. Stop up the tub, add a copious amount of bubble bath and and just a few inches of water. It is totally an illusion but it will seem as though the water is higher than it really is. In addition, remember to plug the tub before turning on water; that initial burst of cold water will be warmed later by adding hot water.
8. Like you drinking water cold? Keep a bottle or carafe of drinking water in the refrigerator so that you don’t let the water from the faucet run while getting a cold drink. This applies only if you drink the water from your tap, of course.
9. In the kitchen, don’t let the faucet run when you scrub vegetables or prepare other foods. Put a stopper in the sink instead. Likewise, do not use running water to thaw meat or other frozen foods. Defrost food overnight in the refrigerator instead.
10. Instead of using a garbage disposal that requires running water to operate, start and use a compost pile. Your garden will love you for it.
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