Water is essential in the summer heat for keeping us cool and hydrated. But when we get long periods of hot weather without rain, droughts become a risk and citizens are asked to watch the amount of water they use on a daily basis. If this becomes a risk where you live, or if you’re just interested in being more economical in your everyday life, here are some tips on how you can take small steps that make a big difference toward conserving water.
Shorten your showers
A hot shower on a cold day can be extremely difficult to leave, so we’re probably all guilty of running our showers too long at times. But if you cut your shower short by just 2 minutes each time you shower, you could save massive amounts of water across the span of a year.
Ditch the sprinklers
Using sprinklers may be a more convenient way to water your lawn, but it’s also more wasteful and less efficient in terms of water usage. Go back to the old days of water your yard with a hose in order to save water. Even better, use leftover water to water your plants. You could save the water after boiling pasta, for example, or collect rainwater in a barrel.
Use a water cooler
You want to drink cool water, so when you fill up a glass from the faucet, you probably leave the water running for a while until it reaches a nice temperature. It may not seem like a lot, but the water you waste doing this adds up. Using a water cooler means that you have access to cool water without wasting any. Another solution is to fill a bottle of water and keep it in the fridge.
Wash dishes more efficiently
Whether you use a dishwasher or do it by hand, there are some ways you could cut back on the water. If you do the dishes yourself, then you should fill up the sink or a bowl to wash the dishes in, rather than leaving the faucet running while you scrub them. Try to do larger loads at once rather than filling the sink for a couple of plates. The same goes for your dishwasher. Frequent half loads can be incredibly wasteful. Wait until your dishwasher is full before you set it off. Using a lower setting on your dishwasher will also use less water.
Whether you want bottled water delivery to help you conserve water or simply to provide you and your family with easily accessible, clean water, get in touch with Mountain Park Spring Water to arrange a bottled water service for you in North Carolina or Virginia.