Twelve Easy Ways to Save Water
- Water the yard only when needed; consider the use of moisture sensors to let you know.
- Plant drought-resistant and less-thirsty plants.
- Mulch plant beds to cool the soil and minimize evaporation.
- Switch to drip irrigation, which reaches the roots slowly and avoids evaporation.
- Deep soak your plants instead of frequent light sprinkling to promote drought-resistant roots.
- Repair leaks. A slow drip wastes 15 gallons per day, more than a week of drinking water.
- Turn off the water while brushing your teeth and save a gallon of water per minute.
- Avoid flushing the toilet just to toss a bit of trash and save five to seven gallons.
- Take shorter showers or use a low-flow shower head.
- Keep a jug of drinking water in the refrigerator instead of letting water run into the sink.
- Wash dishes in a fully-loaded dishwasher or in a stoppered sink.
- Sweep the deck or driveway with a broom. The hose spills five gallons per minute.
And an additional Kahua Tip:
- Install a water catchment on your roof to water your gardens. The plants love rainwater.