Water! What is it good for?
Oops, wait. That’s not how the song goes. The answer is actually that water is good for everything.
Without water, life would stink. It would be a wasteland. Actually, there would be no life.
Imagine life without water. Wine is nice for a snow day, but forever? The human body needs to hydrate, plus there is no wine without water.
Water! What is it good for?
Wine! And everything else in life that is awesome.
Earth has become popular. Like, really popular. So popular it’s too populated and polluted! It has so many friends, but so many of these friends have taken advantage of this giant house providing so many great resources. The Earth isn’t some rich mom and dad, and it won’t just shop around at other planets to help us replenish all of the Doritos we have consumed while we are here.
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It’s not that difficult to become part of the conservation solution instead of the pollution and waste problem. Luckily, there are simple and easy ways to play a positive role in water conservation.
Conserving water means using it efficiently and minimizing waste, and it’s as easy as waiting to do your laundry. Who doesn’t want to put off doing laundry until the last possible shirt is dirty, anyway? It’s like a win-win.
Use your Head when Brushing your Teeth
Everyone knows putting yourself together during the wee hours of the morning can be a challenge. Often times it’s nearly impossible to dislodge the top of an orange juice container because you are so weak when you first wake. Don’t let this gray fog dissuade you from doing what’s right when you brush your teeth. Rather than keeping the faucet running the whole time you brush, turn that sucker off and give your reflection a high five in the mirror because that small act helped you play a part in the world’s water conservation efforts.
Take Showers Instead of Baths
Everyone needs a bubble bath once in a while, but try to make those occasions special. Short showers require less water than giant tubs filled with it. Plus, think of how much more productive you can be during the day if your bathing routine is short and sweet. You’d have more time to vacuum, drink coffee and stare at your beautiful self in the mirror!
Fix Leaky Faucets
This suggestion isn’t meant to sound like a nagging wife, but you should really get those leaky faucets fixed pronto. Every drip drop probably drives you crazy anyway, and it turns out those drops add up to a lot of water wasted. Think about that leaky faucet the next time you are thirsty, and remember that if you let it continue to drip away, there might be nothing there to quench that thirst in the future.
Cool it with the Cooking Routine
There’s better options than using running water to defrost frozen meat. Plan ahead and leave it in the fridge overnight. Rather than preparing vegetables under a faucet, use a large bowl or bucket to peel and clean those healthy sides.
Scrape Don’t Rinse
Instead of rinsing dirty dishes before putting them in the dishwasher, use a utensil to scrape off the food scraps. The other option is to have a natural cleaner like your family dog do what it does best. That’s only for dog lovers, though. Everyone else should scrape or just encourage their kids to finish their plates!
Wash a Full Load
If there is a shirt you desperately want to wear, but it’s dirty and there is nothing else to wash, spray it with some perfume and throw it on. Tell anyone that questions your wardrobe you’re on a mission to save the planet.
Conserving water doesn’t have to turn you into a dirty laundry picker, but it should inspire you to only use the washing machine when you have a full load of clothes ready to be cleaned. There is nothing wrong with waiting until the last possible pair of pants in your closet has seen the light of day to decide it’s time to wash your clothes.
Furthermore, take that mentality to the kitchen when loading the dishwasher. It’s good practice to only run those machines when they are full. Then they can really do their job and you don’t have to worry about washing things one hundred times a day. Who has time for that anyway?
Don’t worry about your neighbor thinking you are kooky for collecting one of nature’s most prized commodities. They’ll probably give you a high five and ask how to follow in your footsteps. Rainwater can be re-purposed for flushing toilets, washing clothes and countless outdoor uses like watering the lawn and garden.
Go ahead, dance a little while you watch the water levels on those buckets rise. You deserve to celebrate! You’re making big leaps toward a better future for everyone.
Small steps can really aid a greater cause. Not only can these water conservation practices help save money on your monthly bills, but water conservation can help prevent pollution and ensure a healthy and sustainable future.