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Water conservation is a good idea all the time, not just during a drought. Here are some tips and ideas to help you reduce your water usage indoors and outdoors.
We use a lot of water inside of the home, not all of it wisely. For example, leaks can waste 10% percent of your water supply. A one-drop-per-minute leak can waste over 50 gallons of water a year. Many of the causes can be easily fixed. If some simple repairs don't correct the problem, consult a plumber.
Water Supply Line
Showers and Bathtubs
Other Indoor Tips
Water is more likely to be wasted outdoors than indoors. Be observant and look for these simple ways to conserve water in the home landscape.
Plants, Trees and Shrubs
Other Outdoor Tips
Learn and follow your local water conservation ordinances and restrictions.
Gray water is ordinary household water that can be reused, primarily to water plants and flush toilets. Water from dishwashers, showers, bathtubs, sinks and clothes washers can be used. Don't use water from garbage disposals, toilets, laundry that includes diapers or kitchen water used to wash poultry or meat.
Don't use water containing bleach or other chemicals used in laundry water, water treated with softeners or swimming pool water. These could be harmful to plants.
Gray water collection systems can be installed for maximum water conservation.
Some municipalities consider gray water to be wastewater. Check with your local health department for local ordinances.
Because gray water hasn't been purified, don't use it on anything that will be consumed. Never drink gray water.
Don't forget your personal safety during dry weather:
Droughts have been coming and going since the beginning of time. As recurring natural events, droughts are more than just dry spells.
Droughts may not be as immediately obvious as other catastrophes, but they can certainly qualify as natural disasters. The after-effects of extended droughts can be far-reaching. Wildfire danger increases dramatically during droughts. As livestock and food crop production are affected, we feel it at the supermarket. Heavy rains after droughts cause flooding.
There are three main types of drought:
Droughts are further rated in severity on a scale as abnormally dry, moderate, severe, extreme or exceptional. Aside from textbook definitions, what most of us know about droughts are that they're uncomfortable and inconvenient, proof that we take water for granted.