We all are aware of the ongoing water crisis in Cape Town which is why it is important that we do our part in preventing any water wastage from our side.

Now, you might think that what could you do at such a low level but the truth is that we will able to only overcome this water shortage if we try to save every small drop of water. This guide will help you in achieving just that. With these numerous tips to conserve water in each category of usage, you will be able to save a lot of water in the end.

Conserving water in Bathrooms

Your bathroom is probably the biggest consumer of water, more so if you have multiple people living in your house. A 10-minute shower could end up using 40-50 gallons of water if you employ a standard showerhead which is why it is important that you take a few measures to conserve the water here.

• Install low-flow showerheads which will use at most 1.8 GPM but won’t compromise on your comfort. This can greatly help you in cutting back the water usage and will allow you to have a nice, refreshing bath every time.
• Another great way to conserve water is to turn it off when you are washing your hands or brushing your teeth. This way, you don’t let the water go down the drain while you are washing or brushing. Just turn the faucet on again when you are ready to rinse.
• You could also collect the cold water which is released from the faucet when you are waiting for your hot water. Once collected, you can use this water for gardening or washing purposes.
• Shorten your shower time or skip it altogether alternatively.
• Replacing your toilet is also a good idea as it can contribute to 3.5 gallons of water wastage in every flush. Instead, install the toilets which will use barely 1.28 gallons of water per flush.

Conserving Water in Kitchen

Once you have taken the steps to conserve water in your bathroom, you need to focus the same solution for your kitchen as well.

1. Start by installing dishwashers which utilize less amount of water for every wash while providing you with a thorough result.
2. If your kitchen has an old faucet that leaks water or does not allow pressure control, switch to one like the Delta 9192T-SSSD-DST. Highly rated by KitchenGuyd, it’s sure to save you few bucks on the water bill.
3. Another effective method could be to install a faucet aerator in your kitchen sink. This will allow you to control the flow of water and will ensure that you don’t waste too much water every day.
4. Also, fill a bowl with water when you are trying to wash your food and vegetables. Running water can contribute to more water wastage so try to avoid that. You can use this same technique when you are hand-washing your utensils too. Just fill the sink with water and then wash and rinse the utensils as per your comfort.

Conserving Water in Laundry Room

Another major contributor to water wastage is your washer and dryer which is why it is important that you take following steps to start conserving some water in your laundry room too.

1. One of the easiest ways to conserve water in your laundry room is by getting a high-efficiency washer which will use less water in every wash. It will also get rid of more water after every wash which will considerably reduce the drying time.
2. Apart from getting a high-efficiency washer, you could also avoid running your washer when you don’t have a lot of laundry. Try to run a washing cycle only if you have a full load with you.
3. To avoid re-washing your clothes, soak your stained laundry in the sink before putting it in the washer. This can be helpful in getting rid of the stained without you having to put it through 2 washing cycles.

Conserving Water Outside Home

Finally, you also have to take care of the water consumption outside your home. If you have a small lawn or garden then you must be watering it regularly to make it look attractive. This can often lead to a lot of water consumption, especially if your lawn is huge. But, don’t worry, there are a few ways to reduce the water consumption in your lawn too.

1. If getting rid of your lawn is not an option, then you could be diligent and careful with your watering techniques. On the other hand, if you aren’t too attached to your lawn then you could consider removing a part of it or replacing it with plants which require less watering.
2. Ensure that your sprinklers are actually hitting the plants instead of some wasteland or sidewalk.
3. Fix your leaky or broken sprinkler the moment you notice it. If there is a water pressure drop in your sprinkler then it is possible that an underground pipe has broken so get it checked quickly.
4. You can also use rainwater or collected cold water from your house to water your plants.

Conserving water at home is possible if you follow the above tips diligently. In fact, you could reduce the water consumption to half if you really took the steps. So, don’t disregard your effort by thinking that it won’t make any difference. Every small bit counts.

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