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Water Waste and Conservation

There are many reasons why people of every age and socioeconomic status should avoid wasting water and conserve it instead. The most popular reason is the concern that overuse may eventually cause a shortage that will impact future generations. When someone wastes water, it generally results in a loss of gallons at a time, and that can be costly for the environment and one's water and energy budgets. To avoid this, families will need to learn about water conservation and how they can develop lifestyle changes that lead to the reduction of water waste.

Water Conservation

Water conservation is the act of preventing or reducing the waste of water. Water waste is an unfortunate occurrence that most everyone is guilty of in some way or at some time in their lives. It generally occurs as people go about their routine, daily tasks and happens whether one is at home, work, school, or some other location. Water conservation often involves simple changes that allow everyone in the family to make a difference and use less water.

Saving Energy and Water

Behavioral changes that can help conserve water include turning off the faucets while brushing one's teeth and taking shorter showers. People who normally wash half-loads of dishes or clothing should only run their dishwasher or washing machine when they have full loads to clean. Outdoors, people who normally water their lawns in the middle of the day or allow sprinklers to over-water should only do their watering in the morning or evening hours when it is cooler and the sun is not at its highest point. To avoid over-watering, set the sprinklers on timers so that they turn off and do not run all day or all evening. In the event of rain or on windy days, skip watering altogether.

Home improvements and repairs are just as important as changing one's habits. Homeowners should repair dripping faucets or any other plumbing leaks in or around the home. Replace old toilets with low-flow toilets that use less water to flush. In the shower, replace shower heads with ones that are water-saving, and install water aerators on faucets around the house. Outdoors, one can replace their old lawn with a drought-resistant one or with succulents and other drought-resistant plants. In gardens, install a drip irrigation system that waters the roots directly. One can also conserve water by collecting runoff from the roof, which can be used to water outdoor plants. In the house, keep water that is used for boiling pasta or eggs and use it to water indoor plants.