Top 10 Best Ways to Conserve WaterClean, drinkable water is our most precious resource, is finite in quantity, and is becoming more scarce as the world's population continues to increase. Until such time we develop the technology to cheaply desalinate ocean water or figure out how to smash together hydrogen and oxygen in the right proportions, conserving the clean water we do have is the best way to prevent shortages.
Here are ten things ordinary people can do help conserve water. Some are easier than others, but all are a way to make a difference.
According to the USGS, it takes 10 gallons of water to produce 1 pound of chicken meat and 20 gallons of water to produce on chicken egg.
Compared to beef, that's nothing. The USGS states that it takes a whopping 600 gallons of water to produce 1 pound of hamburger. That means by replacing a single quarter pound burger with a chicken sandwich, you'd save enough water to take an hour long shower or flush your low flow toilet almost 100 times.
My mom gets mad when I do this.
But, mom! If it's yellow, you let it mellow. If it's brown, you flush it down!
Adjust your float to decrease the amount of water that gets stored in the tank or use more of a life hack approach and place something in the tank to take up space. Something as simple as placing an 8.4 oz Red Bull can in the tank will save almost 120 gallons of water per year and will likely have a negligible effect on flushing power.
I just pretend there's a fish in the water, so that I don't do that and instead take a shower
What kind of person leaves the sink running when they brush their teeth?
Be aware before harvesting water that you may be restricted by the water rights legislation in your area. Across the U.S., individual states have varying laws dictating who owns rainwater, who can collect it, how it can be collected, and what it can be used for. Take a moment to learn which laws may affect water harvesting in your area.
Wait you can actually do that?
You can do that?
A tiny 10'x10' patch of lawn (slightly larger than 2 ping pong tables) will require 62 gallons of water per week. A tennis court sized patch of lawn (baseline to baseline including doubles alley) will require almost 1,750 gallons per week.
Replacing lawn with more hearty plants and non-living landscaping options can save a huge amount of water depending on your yard size and climate.