Lauren Davis
REALTY EXECUTIVES Boston West | 508-254-0449 | [email protected]

Posted by Lauren Davis on 10/4/2017

Several weeks of dryness, weeks when it does not rain or snow, can easily create a drought. Water slowing down in lakes and rivers that are upstream from the town you live in also causes a drought. Should a drought happen, cracks in the earth, negative impacts to animals and plants, poor soil quality, farming inefficiencies and migration of animals and humans may occur.

Water conservation tips that work at home

Natural events like lack of precipitation are not the only drought causes. Humans play a significant role in drought development. If you live in an apartment complex during a time of low precipitation, you might see water conservation tips highlighted on your monthly rent bill.

Local governments and weather channels also encourage area residents, whether they live in an apartment complex, townhouse, duplex or single home, to practice healthy water conservation habits. Included among water conservation habits are:

  • Don't leave the water running while you brush your teeth or shave.
  • Start to shower after the water warms. Avoid leaving shower water running for long periods while you pick out clothes to wear, prepare breakfast or load the washing machine.
  • Wash clothes in the washing machine once a week or as needed. If you need to wash a shirt, dress or pair of pants, consider hand washing the garments. If you stick to washing laundry once a week, you'll soon learn how to dress so that you don't need to wash a load of laundry two or more times a week.
  • Turn lawn sprinkler systems on for one to two hours a week during hot seasons, and then, only as needed.
  • Take your car through the local car wash to practice water conservation. You could also wash your car using water and soap in a bucket instead of leaving the water hose running for several minutes.
  • Repair pipe leaks as soon as you notice them. In addition to helping you to practice water conservation at home, this will help lower your water bill.
  • Replace hoses and appliances that are not working properly and that a repair professional tells you should be replaced.
  • Hand wash dishes instead of always cleaning them in the dishwasher. Turn sink water off while you wash the dishes. Rinse dishes in a sink full of clean water.
  • Teach your children about water conservation.
  • Avoid using your toilet as a wastebasket. Fewer toilet flushes save gallons of water a day. Of course, flush the toilet after you relieve yourself. Just don't use the toilet as the place to flush tissue after you below your nose or as a place to flush loose hair strands after you brush your hair.
  • Drink out of water bottles.
  • Fill gallon containers with water that you keepin the kitchen refrigerator to reduce the amount of water you use straight outof the tap.

Water conservation starts at home, largely because home is where you learn how to interact with nature. Home is also where you use a lot of the water that you use, whether you're brushing your teeth, shaving, showering or washing laundry.Start practicing healthy water conservation skills at home and you may adjust to periods of drought more easily. You might also help to prevent a drought from worsening.

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