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Posted by: harrisandyou | March 22, 2015

Are you saving water?

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In California we are experiencing the worst drought we have seen in many years.  We all need to pitch in and do our part. Here are some ways you can:

1) Use a commercial car wash instead of washing your car at home.  Commercial car washes use on-site water recycling and filtration saving the 17 gallons per minute* that an average person uses when washing their car at home. (*The Ecology Center, San Juan Capistrano, CA)

2) Eat veggies instead of meat at least one day a week.  “It takes nearly 650 gallons of water to raise, process, and transport meat for just one burger,” according to The Ecology Center in San Juan Capistrano.  Buying veggies at your farmers market reduces the number per gallons by half.

3) Use a bucket to save water while you are in the shower or in the kitchen sink.  Use the water to flush a toilet or water your garden.  That’s water saved instead of going down the drain.

4) Remove your lawn.  Plant cactus, succulents, native and drought resistant plants.  They require less watering and you can use rocks and decorative items to make your garden look beautiful.

5) Retrofit your shower, toilet and faucets with low flow fixtures.  You can even add a brick to the toilet water tank to use less water.

The above mentioned ways will save water, cost very little and make you feel good by knowing that you are making a difference.

*Photo by Water Rhapsody

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