If you’ve lived in Atlanta for a number of years, you probably recall water rationing efforts during years of drought. You remember that you wouldn’t dream of turning on your lawn sprinkler system during banned days—even if it meant that expensive, gorgeous blanket of green in front of your home was condemned to a degree of browning.
Some things are just more important than a beautiful yard and stunning water features—one being an ample supply of potable water for all of a city’s citizens.
Last year, California authorities voted to levy fines of up to $500 for wasteful behavior—like using a hose to wash a car without a shut-off nozzle or using drinkable water in certain decorative water features. There are countless other similar measures happening across the country!
So…what can we do as individuals to reduce water waste in our homes? Here are a few tips:
- Turn faucets completely off to avoid drips
- Repair leaky faucets
- Update the aerator on your faucet
- Replace toilets manufactured prior to 1992
- Install high-efficiency shower heads
- Install water-efficient appliances (dishwasher, washing machine)
- Turn your yard into a GreenScape
Click here for a more complete list of water conservation ideas from the EPA.
Share with us in the comments section what you do to conserve water or reduce water waste.