So many countries are experiencing drought, including Antigua Barbuda, that it makes one consider what they can do in their own home to conserve water. Here are some easy ways to save this precious resource that can easily be incorporated into any lifestyle:
1. Check faucets for leaks
That little drip can actually waste 100 gallons of water a day! Replacing an old, worn out washer can save all of that water.
2. Get a home water cooler
This is a great water saver that goes in line with number 2 as well as being a healthier option than tap water. This ensures that cold, crisp water is always on hand without ever having to even turn on the faucet as well as providing daily access to life-giving spring water.
3. Make sure the dishwasher and clothes washer run only when full
Although the dishwasher actually uses less water than hand washing in the sink, almost 22% of all indoor home water use comes from doing laundry.
4. Turn off the water after you wet your toothbrush
All anyone needs is a splash to wet the bristles. Having a cup beside the sink that is filled with just a few inches of water at the same time that the toothbrush is moistened means that it can be used for rinsing instead of running the faucet.
5. Take shorter showers
No surprise here, and brushing teeth in the shower instead of separately in the sink is a convenient way to take care of two hygiene needs at once.
6. Use buckets to wash and rinse the car
Instead of running the hose, put water with the cleaning solution into one for washing and clear into another for rinsing.
7. Hand wash dishes in a basin of water, not running water
As with the car, fill up and use one basin for washing and another for rinsing.
8. Rinse a razor in a few inches of water in the sink
Doing this instead of under running water means a savings of almost 300 gallons of water a month.
9. Install a High-Efficiency Toilet (HET)
Any sort of system that can regulate the flow of water in the toilet is helpful, but this can save 45 gallons of water a day and 23,000 gallons a year.
These are just a few tips to get started to save water at home. Families and individuals should come up with their own ideas that work with their specific lifestyles, because the most important thing is finding a way to conserve water that’s comfortable and sustainable.