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5 Simple Ways to Save Water

by on February 22, 2014

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Here in California, we’re in the middle of a drought. Here are a five simple steps to conserve water.

1. COMPOST not the disposal: Every time you put food down the disposal and run water, gallons of water are wasted. The average tap outflows 2.5 gallons per minute. Instead, throw those scraps into a composter and get the benefit of some garden gold for your vegetables. SAVINGS = GALLONS

2. VEGGIES NOT BEEF: One pound of beef requires approximately 2000 gallons of water! Going vegetarian for a day or so saves as much water as not showering daily for one month. Skip the beef and keep taking the showers, your friends & family (and the earth) will thank you! SAVINGS = 2000 GALLONS per pound of beef

3. 5 NOT 10 : Speaking of showers, make it short.  The average shower head water flow is 2.5 gallons per minute. Five minutes vs. ten minutes is a SAVINGS of 12.5 GALLONS PER SHOWER

4. GOLDEN LIGHT: Water those veggies early in the morning or late in the evening during the sun’s magic hours. Watering in the middle of the day evaporates quickly. Also using a soaker hose is a great way to conserve water and it’s especially convenient if on a timer.  SAVINGS = 25 GALLONS EVERY TIME YOU WATER

5. VEGGIES IN A BOWL: Wash fruits and vegetables in a bowl with a little vinegar instead of running the veggies under the tap. SAVINGS = GALLONS PER WASHING

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