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Drought brings special challenges to dry and desert climate dwellers. Droughts impact the available water, making it scarce to completely unavailable for potentially long periods. Water is necessary for drinking, growing the vegetables, raising livestock, bathing, cooking, cleaning, laundry and sewage transport and treatment. To ensure continued water availability during dry times and get the most of your available water, here are four ways to do your part in a drought. Water-Saving Behaviors The simplest, and cheapest, way to save water is changing your habits surrounding regular water-using activities. Washing cars with a self-closing nozzle, cleaning driveways with a broom, turning the water off while brushing teeth or soaping up in the shower, watering plants in cooler times of the day, and composting over using the garbage disposal all greatly reduce water usage. Water-Saving Technology Although it is simple to change behaviors, it is not always easy. This is where technology comes to the rescue. Using a smart controller in yard and garden irrigation can save water and money. Smart controllers run your irrigation timers while syncing with weather monitoring systems to turn off your system or delay watering on rainy days. Installing low-flow faucets (including aerators), toilets, shower heads and drip irrigation systems all can work together with a smart controller to ensure you are using the least amount of water for your regular activities. Implement Drought-Tolerant Landscaping In addition to delivering the water more efficiently with technology, using nature can help us save water too. Removing grass, plants requiring large amounts of water and non-natives from your lawn and garden, while replacing them with native and drought-tolerant species can dramatically decrease your water demand. Re-Using Water, aka Greywater Installing high-tech greywater systems, or even saving the cold water from a slow-heating shower in a bucket for the garden effectively recycles the water you use to be used again. Re-using bath, laundry and dish-water for the lawn and garden can greatly reduce your water demand while increasing the utility of the water you already regularly use. The demand we place on the water system in dry climates and deserts during droughts determines how much is left for the environment, other people and the community of individuals around us who all depend on that water into the future. To ensure you, your neighbors and the environment have the water needed reduce your demand while using water more wisely and efficiently through the many methods available to us all.
Water is one of out the most precious resources we have and it is a crying shame that we pollute and waste it in the manner in which we do. Just because water is now available to us within a press of a tap, though, doesn't really mean we should let it go to waste. I know that sometimes saving water is hard work and I get lazy too, that's why I put those tips together and I hope I can change some of my habits and maybe inspire you to do the same. #1 We all know this one - Turn the taps off when you brush your teeth, soap your hands, shampoo your hair, scrub your body, shave, etc. #2 Fix Leaking pipes and faucets. Did you know that a leaking faucet can waste up to 1000 gallons a day? #3 Take shorter showers - it will make a big difference for your water bill and not such a big difference to your hygiene. #4 Use a bucket instead of a hose. It is slightly more work but it saves a significant amount of water. Last year in the UK they banned the hose due to a water saving plan by the government. #5 When you drop an ice cube, put it in a plant, instead of the sink. It's the little things #6 Collect the water that falls when you wash fruit and vegetables. You can use it to water the garden and plants, wash the patio, or soak your dirty dishes later on. According to Sydney lease cleaners you can use it for all sorts of cleaning purposes. #7 While you wait for the hot water, put a bucket on the shower or bathtub floor and collect the cold water that falls. You can use it to wash your clothes later. Did you know that cold water is better for dark wash anyway? #8 Use a bathtub divider if you have a toddler. You don't have to fill the entire bathtub in order to give the little fella a bath + it is convenient for you as you don't chase him around. #9 Raise the blades of your lawn mower. Longer grass needs less water. #10 Mulch Around Your Plants - it will help to hold water in the soil. #11 When you boil eggs take them out and wait for the water to cool. You can use this water to water your plants. It will be rich in Calcium, because of the egg shells.