It is hard to escape the news that the Southwest United States is deep in the midst of a long, harsh, multi-year drought. In fact, this may just be the beginning as scientists from NASA, Cornell University, and Columbia University have reported that the central Great Plains and the Southwest United States may be hurtling headlong into what they describe as a “mega drought” which would have the potential to last as long as 35 years. While Arizona is not currently facing severe drought conditions, that is no reason we cannot look towards the future and start practicing our water conservation methods now!
Find and Fix Leaks
Did you know that a lot of homes have slow, subtle plumbing leaks that they are not even aware of? It is true! Over time, even a high-quality well-designed plumbing system can start springing minor leaks. These leaks can be minor and hidden away but still lead to the loss of a lot of water. All you have to do is schedule an inspection with a professional plumber to get things back in perfect condition. Not only will you contributing positively to water conservation; you will probably end up saving some money in the long run.
Minor Lifestyle Tweaks
You don’t have to make any big changes or force unwanted sacrifices to start conserving water at home. All you need to do is make a few minor lifestyle tweaks. Start by turning off the water when you brush your teeth. The average faucet dispenses 2.5 gallons of water per minute! It isn’t uncommon for individuals to leave the water on for over two minutes while brushing their teeth! You are already saving big. While this next tweak might not be for everyone, it is an effective way to save water. Remember the phrase “if it’s yellow, let it mellow.” Essentially, you don’t need to flush liquid waste! Let it chill. Save water.