Saving Water 101

image credit: cityofwoodland.orgMany areas in the U.S. are facing the one-two punch of soaring temperatures and drought conditions. This combination is tough on humans, animals, and green growing things. In this column we pass along some tips for wise water usage to help you get the most out of this precious natural resource.

Lawn care in these conditions is quite challenging, and we Americans use a staggering amount of water to keep grass and garden alive. A great deal of the water that comes out of the hose is lost to evaporation and run off. To address this issue and help you save money on your water bill, GreenTown published an informative article last year researched by AmeriCorps intern Adam Andrews, entitled 10 Tips for Reducing Your Outdoor Water Usage.

There are a whole host of tips for indoor water usage as well. We found a comprehensive list (112 tips!) on the Water: Use It Wisely website. Tips for people of all ages and ability levels are listed here. According to this roster, people can save 25 gallons of water a month just by turning off the faucet while brushing their teeth. Here's another bathroom tip from that list: Keep a bucket in the shower to catch water as it warms up or runs. Use this water to flush toilets or water plants. Every little bit helps!

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