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How Do You Use Less Water?

2009 September 11

go to Pick 5 for the EnvironmentHave you joined Pick 5 for the Environment, where you can choose 5 actions out of 10 and commit to them? We launched Pick 5 on Earth Day this year, and so far 2,300 people have taken the pledge.

Beyond signing up, though, we want to hear from you: what you’ve done, how you did it, etc.  We’re going to start working our way through the 10 actions.  Please share your stories as comments below.

Let’s start with Pick 5 Action #1: Use less water.

I’ve done several things around my home to achieve this goal: I placed a timer in the bathrooms to shorten showers and replaced my old toilet with water saving toilets.  I also make my laundry loads larger instead of doing several small loads. To use less hot water, which saves energy, I also cold water to wash laundry instead of hot water.  Finally, by placing barrels under my rain spouts, I’ve been able to use the recycled water to water my garden and outdoor plants.

Now it’s your turn:  what do you do to use less water?

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About the author: Denise Owens has worked at EPA for over twenty years. She is currently working in the Office of Public Affairs in Washington, DC.

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112 Responses leave one →
  1. wheelchair permalink
    March 23, 2011

    I really appreciate your post, this would really provide the great information .Thanks for sharing.

  2. Jon Verde permalink
    April 8, 2011

    I collect rain water to drink at the gym –

    I only wash my hair once a month.

    I complain frequently that my apt complex leaves the sprinklers running in the rain.

    I brush my teeth in the shower.

  3. Spa Toilet Seat permalink
    May 4, 2011

    Great thread we have here! Thank you for posting this kind of thread. Keep it up! Hope to see more threads like this.

  4. Tori P. Whitener permalink
    July 14, 2011

    Great article! We save water by capturing the rain water to water our lawn. We put a brick in our toilet to save water.We also brush or teeth in the shower.

  5. PHP Web Development permalink
    July 20, 2011

    I see sever wastage of water in the public places like restaurants, temples etc..The tap is left open by the people and unnecessary wastage is observed.It should be properly stored so that could be used for fulfilling other purpose.

  6. Electric Grill Reviews permalink
    August 23, 2011

    Lots and lots of good ways to save water!

  7. nor permalink
    November 8, 2011

    Such great article. We all cen save on water . we need to preserve the water. We take it for granted but who knows? …..

  8. aaricevans permalink
    March 2, 2012

    I incarcerate rain water from my down spout in a rain barrel.

  9. chris permalink
    March 10, 2012

    I always strive to save water. How? In a number of different ways:
    1. Wash all dishes in dishwasher. Manual washing is more than occasional in our house. We have a small dishwasher and use it often
    2. Use a small pressure washer to clean my car, driveway and garden equipment. Last year I bought a really inexpensive pressure cleaner
    3. No running water when we wash teeth
    4. Smart laundry – Never run the washing machine half-full
    5. No leaks in kitchen or bathroom

    Very good article and comments indeed. Got a few extra ideas!

  10. Hot Tub Covers permalink
    April 10, 2012

    Me and my hubby have found that if we use as it traps the heat in, and doesn’t let as much water evaporate. Its made a big difference. We’ve also used rain water collection to water our plants.

  11. permalink
    December 23, 2013

    One of the biggest loss of water comes from swimming pools and spas through water evaporation. Anyone owning a spa should have and use their spa cover to avoid unnecessary water evaporation.

  12. Neil from permalink
    February 25, 2015

    Nothing too fancy I’m afraid. We do reduce the amount of ftoilet lushes (and have placed a brick in the cistern) We also have rain water barrels at each downspout; we use this water for the garden. We do of course never leave a tap running unnecessarily. Still, we we will learn and use other ways of conserving water.

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