7 easy ways to conserve water

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There are only a few things in this world that are more euphoric than a long hot shower. We take it for granted that we can turn a tap on and have one of the most clean and delicious water spray out freely. But when life gives you lemons, read the fine-print. There is always a cost.

You may pay one flat rate for your water, and obviously you want your money’s worth, but in just 15 years the world may have a 40 per cent shortfall. That’s in your lifetime – there is no running away from that reality.

Water is the most valuable resource we have. Only 2.5 per cent of the world’s water is fresh drinking water and most of it is trapped in glaciers and snowfalls.

Unfortunately, you can’t drink diamonds and you can’t drink gas. These things may seem be worth something, but our survival depends on the small amount of H2O left.

We read about L.A. and their water shortages, never once considering that our glaciers, rivers and lakes could evaporate. Metro Vancouver could be on a pay-per-use water metering system soon if our supply continues to dry up.

We can’t control the climate, we can’t control our environment but we can definitely control our water consumption.

Here are some easy things you can do to conserve water.

Shut off the tap

As much as we all love having our own personal little waterfall to watch while we brush our teeth, we waste two gallons per minute when we leave the tap on.

Don’t over-water your lawn

We spend most of our lives trying to fit in. So why would you want a green and lush lawn when your neighbour’s yard is so dry it could blow away in one gust of wind? You just have to take one look down your street to know which neighbours are sucking up the supply; they can’t hide their soft and quenched grass.

Don’t rush the flush

As the saying goes, if it’s yellow, keep it mellow. If it’s brown, flush it down. In Metro Vancouver, a toilet sucks up 30 per cent of the water we use inside our home. Older toilets are 12 litres per flush—that’s equal to six two-litre milk cartons. So just live by the motto stated above.

Quick showers

A five-minute shower takes 15 to 25 gallons of water; 14 per cent of the water used in our homes is for showers. This does not mean you should void a part of your shower to save time. Shower thoroughly. Just don’t stand there gawking at the shower head while you think about work.

If you really want to keep your showers, at least install a low-flow shower head. This will help you save two gallons per minute.

Don’t wait for water to cool

It’s wasteful to keep the faucet running while you wait for the water to cool down for a refreshing gulp. If you would prefer cold water, put a pitcher in the fridge or grab some ice.

One cup policy

Keep one cup by the sink for water rather than washing eight cups per day, which is how many cups you should be drinking. Or you can also keep a water-bottle full of your drinking water to reduce your washables.

Call the plumber

If you have a leaky faucet, even if it drips one drop per second, then call the plumber. Although it may not seem like much, a tap that drips one drop per second is actually wasting 3,000 gallons in a year.

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