There are many ways to save water habitually. Water conservation is saving water. This guide is not about telling people what to do. It provides information and advice that may help.
Wise use of water is appropriate because there is a limited supply of potable, fresh water. It can be classified by color for further understanding. Blue water is irrigated from lakes and groundwater. Green is rainwater. Gray is wastewater, which can be polluted.
Small sacrifices may be made, but it is a personal decision. Balance and trade offs are appropriate. In general running water wastes it. Appliances that use water can be run at full capacity to avoid waste.
There are a lot of things that can be done to save water in the bathroom. The way it is done is definitely a matter of style. Toilet tank bags allow a person to reduce water in the tank. For some this is acceptable in small ammounts. Stop valves are often advised to save water in showers. hmm, I do not know about that one.
It takes just as much water in each water bottle of water to produce the plastic container. Compromising health to save water is not a good idea because it can be saved in other ways. Filtered water helps stay healthy. Our bodies are mostly water.
Water Conservation Products
There are products that can reduce water and or energy consumption. The Energy Star label denotes appliances within the definition of appropriate use. Specific products go far beyond the label allowing us to control or balance our use.
- Low Flow Showerheads
- Faucet Aerators
- Toilet Tank Bags
- Spray Hose Nozzles with Stop Valve
- Washers (Replace on Dripping Faucets)
There is a label for plumbing and other products that use less water endorsed by the Environmental Protection Agency. The Water Sense label denotes products that use approximately 20% less than traditional products.
Eating healthy saves water for many reasons. Pasture raised and grass fed meat or poultry uses less blue water than traditional meat and poultry. The corn and soy that is used to feed animals uses a lot.
Reusable dishes as opposed to disposable reduces consumption because paper products use a lot of water to produce. Use tupperware for leftovers instead of disposable containers. Use stainless steel straws brought along instead of restaurant straws. Plastic takes a lot of water to produce.
Making clothing is another water intensive process. Organic cotton saves it. Donate old clothes.
There is an emerging market for good condition previously worn clothes. Buying and selling in this market conserves water. Netiquette rules for ThreadUp created by for Informatization have been well received. Purchasing clothes from thrift stores is another alternative to buying new clothes.