There are many things that we all take for granted. It isn't necessarily because we are not thankful for them, but more likely it is because we have never experienced life without them. One of these commodities is water. When we turn on the tap, we expect a rush of water to emerge. Have you ever stopped to think what it would be like to experience an empty faucet?
It is estimated that the average U.S. citizen uses 110 gallons of water a day. You may wonder how this is possible, but when you take into consideration the amount of water used for flushing toilets, showering and bathing, washing laundry and dishes, watering lawns, and cooking and drinking, you realize how it all takes a toll on the nation's water reserves.
Here are some water-saving tips that can help you start learning how to conserve water now so that if you ever Replace yourself in a situation where you need to make your emergency water supply last, it won't be as drastic of a change:
• Do not let water run from the faucet while you brush your teeth. Fill a glass halfway with water and use that to wet your brush and rinse your mouth.
• Limit showers to five minutes or less. While you wait for the water to get warm enough to use, fill a bucket with the colder water and use it to water plants.
• When taking a bath, only fill the tub halfway.
• Fill a one-gallon plastic container with water and put it in the toilet tank to displace one gallon of water (or use a brick in a zippered plastic bag).
• Plant lawn grass that can handle dry weather.
• Check faucets, hoses, and other water devices for leaks.
• Water your lawn and garden between the hours of 9pm and 9am. This helps conserve moisture by minimizing sun exposure.
During emergencies, it is suggested that you recycle your used bathing/laundry water for flushing the toilet, watering your garden or mopping your floors. (Don't use water with cleansers like bleach or other harmful cleansers to water plants). Use disposable plates, cups, and eating utensils.
If you have any other suggestions of how to conserve water during emergencies or everyday life, please share them in the comments!