5 WATER CONSERVATION TIPS YOU NEED TO KNOW
It’s hard to argue that water conservation isn’t important. It’s one of the world’s most precious resources, and it’s important to do your part to not waste it. Some people hear the words “water conservation” and think that have to cut off a lot of the water they usually use, but really it’s just about not wasting it. You can still have that lush, green lawn, you can still have your garden, or water decorations. Water conservation is about using the water that you already have in a responsible way, simply so it doesn’t get wasted.
But why is it important? Two thirds of the planet is covered in water, right? Well, yes it is, but only about 1% of it is actually usable. 97% of it is salt water, which we cannot use. 2% of it is trapped in ice, which would be very hard to access, and detrimental to use. That leaves only 1% of our Earth’s water actually usable. It’s important that we use it wisely. So check out these tips to improve your water conservation habits.
1. Limit your Turf Area
Watering your lawn is the most water consuming part of your landscape, and everybody wants a nice, green lawn. But maybe take a moment and think, “does every inch of your yard need to be grass?” Incorporating decorative rocks, gravel, or mulch can cut down on the area of your lawn, and the amount of water you need to use. Not only do these things not require water, but they add beauty and diversity to your landscape. It’s really a win-win.
2. Turn off water when your not using it
It seems simple, turn off water when your not using it. But many people habitually waste water as part of their routine, things like running water while you brush your teeth, while you shave, wash your hands, or do your dishes. It’s simple enough to turn off the faucet while your not directly using the water, instead of letting it run until you need to use it again. It’s also much more water efficient to fill your sink with water before doing dishes, and using that water, instead of running the water the whole time.
3. Use drought tolerant plants
Most people know that some plants require more water than others. If your adding plants to your landscape, consider selecting more drought tolerant plants. They require much less water to survive, reducing the amount used to water them. This also means they require less maintenance on your part for them to stay healthy.
4. Store and Reuse Water
Many people run water in the shower to let it get hot before they get in. Why not put that water to use? If you water plants throughout your home manually, you can simply catch that water in a container and use that to water plants. Instead of letting it just run down the drain. People also let sink water run while they wait for it to get cold, why not just fill it up in a container, and place it in the fridge to get cool. You’ll always have cold drinking water, but you won’t waste any while waiting for it to get cold.
5. Use mulch on all your plants
Mulch is very beneficial for water conservation, and your plants. It acts like an insulator for the ground, holding in water and preventing evaporation. This gives your plants a better opportunity to absorb it before it’s gone. Beyond that, it also prevents weeds from growing around your plants, by blocking their access to sunlight. There really is no downside.
It’s not hard to get in to the habit of water conservation. Making some small changes in your routine and choices can make a big difference. I think it’s clear that you don’t need to stop enjoying water, simply stop wasting water that your not using anyway. For a list of products we have that can help conserve water, check out our decorative gravel and cobble or our bark mulch.
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