For anyone living in California, the transition from winter to spring was a subtle one. A recent Huffington Post article highlights just how bad things have gotten. The drought that has been plaguing the state in recent years seems to just be getting worse. Climatologists agree that the drought shows no signs of abatement, so the best thing for California’s future is to get the state’s citizens on board with water conservation.

What Can I do to Save Water?

Many people don’t feel as though they actively waste water, so cutting down on water may seem like a difficult task. These feelings may be magnified if you live in an apartment where you don’t have any control over when the lawns get watered, or how many times the washing machine gets used. Ultimately, it doesn’t matter if you live in an apartment, or a mansion. There is always something you can do to conserve water during a drought.

Start by using a water calculator to determine just how much water your home uses on average. This is a free and easy tool to help highlight just how much h2O your home actually needs versus how much it uses.

Saving Water in the Kitchen

Many of the tips designed to mitigate water consumption are simply about being mindful and using as little water as needed. For example, when you’re in the kitchen try doing the three following tips to help reduce your water dependency:

  • Only run the dishwasher when it’s a full load. Running a machine without utilizing its space capacity is a huge waste of money and resources.
  • If you wash dishes by hand, fill one basin with water to scrub and use the other basin for rinsing. Don’t simply stand at the sink and let the water run while you scrub and rinse.
  • Wash your fruits and veggies in a pan and then use that water for houseplants. There’s no need to run water over your food the entire time your cleaning, especially when it’s fruit and vegetables, which can be cleaned in standing water.

Saving Water in the Bathroom

Much like the kitchen, saving water in the bathroom just requires a little bit of thought. For example, consider the following:

  • Take a shower that lasts for five minutes or less. The average showerhead runs at a rate of five gallons per minute, so it adds up quickly.
  • If you turn off water while you’re standing at the sink brushing your teeth, you can save your family up to 10 gallons per day.
  • Do routine inspections to make sure your toilet and faucets aren’t leaking. Try putting a bit of food coloring in the toilet tank. If you see any colored water in your bowl, your tank is leaking.
Doing routine leak checks is always advised. Keep the number of a trusted plumber on hand in case of an emergency and be sure to get online and find out how else you can save water during the drought.