The Environmental Protection Agency runs a blog called Greenversations. This week, the question being asked is: How do you conserve water?
Posted this morning, the question already has generated responses from 43 people. Some of the ideas are old hat among water conservers — such as turning off the tap while brushing your teeth.
A few responses were quite detailed and show years of working on the goal of saving water. For example, here’s the one from Marianna:
We adhere to the toilet motto “If it’s yellow let it mellow, if it’s brown flush it down”.
Until hot water comes out of the tap we save the cold water to flush the toilets with.
I use gray water generated in the kitchen during the growing season to water my gardens.
We don’t wash our cars!
We reduce our yard irrigation to the bare minimum to keep the grass alive.
I’ve converted a good part of the lawn to gardens that require a lot less water.
I’ve put nearly all of my vegetable & flower gardens on drip irrigation.
I save scarce rainwater that runs off of the roof by installing gutters and putting several rain barrels in place.
To sum: to us water is a precious, not-to-be-wasted resource, just like gasoline or firewood!
I’m sure readers of this blog have some good ideas. Post them on the EPA’s blog and add them as a comment here if you would.
By the way, one idea is to fix leaky pipes, both in your home and in your city’s water system. Each day, 6 billion gallons of clean, treated drinking water disappears — mostly due to old, leaky pipes and mains, according to a report from the American Society of Civil Engineers. That’s “enough water to serve the population of a state the size of California.”
See a story in the Seattle Daily Journal of Commerce about acoustic technology used to identify leaks before they occur. Reducing leaks in water mains is one of the requirements of Washington’s Municipal Water Law.