Budget Your Water Like You Budget Your Money

I don’t know about you, but in Midland it sure is hot. They say it has rained once since September of last year. I do know that the entire state of Texas is dry as a bone. Many cities already have watering restrictions or are about to have them start. This is one hot summer and our water is a precious resource we need to save.

There are some tips we’ve all heard since we were kids that really do help, like turning off the faucet while brushing your teeth or soaping up your hands. But what else can we do to save a drop here and save a gallon there? Who knows, we just might be saving our lakes!

In The Kitchen:

Instead of running water while you rinse your dishes, try scraping them or filling the basin with water to use for all of them. Then use that water to water a plant!

Only run your dishwasher with a full load.

Compost fruit and vegetable waste when possible instead of using the garbage disposal.

Waiting for the tap to get cold is wasteful, keep a pitcher of drinking water in the refrigerator and voila! cold water instantly when you want it.

Did you boil something for dinner? Don’t throw that water down the drain! Use that water to rinse your dishes. Or even better, use it to water a plant!

In The Bathroom:

Fill the sink basin with warm water to shave instead of using a running faucet.

Brush your teeth and wash your face while in the shower, not only does it save water but you tend to brush longer in the shower so it is better for your dental health.

Shortening your shower by one minute can save up to 150 gallons every month.

Test your potty for leaks. To do this, put a few drops of food coloring in the tank and if that color gets into the bowl without flushing, there is a leak that needs to be repaired.

Outside The Home and Pets:

Cleaning a fish tank? Don’t dump the water!!! That water will make a plant very happy.  Same thing for the water you change in a dog bowl.

Washing a pet? Do it in a spot of the yard that needs watering to get two things done with the same water.

Make sure you are watering in the evening, less heat means less evaporation. That means more water to your plants.

Getting a new irrigation system? Get drip irrigation installed, it uses less water and waters your plants more directly.

Don’t water your driveway, sidewalk, or street. It is concrete. It doesn’t need it.

And remember, more plants die from over-watering than not getting enough. Check the top two inches of soil. If it’s wet, don’t water yet.

What helpful water-saving tips do you have? We want us all to get on board. Here at The Canopy, we are trying to save a drop, save a gallon, save a lake.

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