Survival Basics: 15 Ways to Conserve Water

It is my belief that preparedness is a lifestyle and to that end, we need to be proactive and embrace good habits now so when and if a crisis, disaster or collapse occurs, these habits will be second nature and intuitive.  One of those habits is the conservation of household water.

Today I share 15 ways to conserve water, beginning in the bathroom since interestingly enough, that is where 75% of all household water is used.

How to Conserve Household Water

1.  The faucet at the bathroom sink does not need to be running continuously while you brush your teeth, wash your face or shave.  You will save between three and five gallons of water each minute your faucet is turned off.  That is a lot of water.! Instead, use the stopper on the sink and drain the basin when you are done.

2.  Only flush when needed.  A toilet is not a wastepaper basket for tissues, cotton balls or other bits of trash.

3.  Most toilets installed before 1980 use 5-7 gallons of water per flush. Toilets installed between 1980 and 1993 use 3.5 gallons per flush. Toilets installed since 1994 use 1.6 gallons.

If you happen to have an older toilet, consider filling a used soda bottle or jar with water and small pebbles or marbles and place it upright in the tank.  This will cut down on the amount of water that flows through the tank with each flush.  Just be careful not to place the bottle where it will jam the flushing mechanism.  Also, make sure you don’t displace so much water that you have to double-flush. Double flushing wastes more water than you would save.

4.  Check for leaky facets and toilets.  It is easy to replace worn washers and since a small leak can waste many gallons of water a day, it is well worth the effort to test for leaks now.

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