Staying ‘Current’ on Earth Day with Water Conservation

While we stay at home, there may be ways you are looking to continue your conservation stewardship. Focusing on your water usage is a great way to go greener, and lower your utility bill in the process! Consider these tips in water conservation in and out of your home.

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The bathroom is a great place for the entire family to conserve water.

Lets start the day with brushing our teeth, turning off the sink while we brush our teeth is an old trick on saving water, but consider this action while you wash your hands as well. While scrubbing suds for 20 seconds, turn off your faucet until you are ready to rinse your hands clean. The same process goes when you’re reaching for the razor to shave. Hopping in the shower and cutting just the morning rinse by 2 minutes can make yet another positive impact that translate into water conservation.

Onto the kitchen. The way we cook can have a big effect on water conservation as well. Consider one pot meals, without washing all of those mixing bowls means less clean-up for you and less water waste. Have a leaky kitchen faucet that needs fixing? Now is a great time to watch that “how to” video on stopping the drip, saving water as you work.

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The EPA reports that nationwide, landscape irrigation is estimated to account for nearly one-third of all residential water use, totaling nearly 9 billion gallons per day.

Stepping outside, let’s have a look at our yard. We know watering our lawns less is better for the environment, but exactly how much should we cut back? Using this website from our friends at Dallas Water utilities, you can know exactly how much you should be watering your yard and for how long. The website allows you to easily personalize the information to your neighborhood and sprinkler type: https://waterisawesome.com/weekly-watering-advice

Additionally, during this time you may be picking up some eco-activities like gardening. Inspect your outdoor space or lawn, and keep in mind water wise landscaping. Think about investing in a rain barrel like this one created by Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NlQCilGvyl0

 

blog photoAs you take a morning walk, consider cleaning up a local creek and help prevent trash from flowing into our water ways. During this time of COVID-19, be sure to wear protective gear, the mask and gloves. However, this is good advice at any time you clean up an area for trash and debris of all types can collect. Check out our previous blog post over how to clean up litter while remaining proactive over your personal safety.

We encourage everyone to be involved with water conservation through other organizations. Be on the lookout for the 2020 Wyland National Mayor’s Challenge for Water Conservation starting August 1st as part of Water Quality Month.. You can earn prizes for your water conservation pledge and see how much water we are all saving. If each of us take action to conserve water, it all adds up!

 

Conserving water in your daily schedule does not have to be life altering but it sometimes means breaking old habits and replacing them with water saving new ones. Even small acts towards water conservation can make a difference. It is important now more than ever to continue to conserve. Your acts of conservation also celebrate the 50th anniversary of Earth Day this April 22!  

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