Water Use Basics During a Drought

A drought is a period of time that is drier than normal. There are three kinds of drought; meteorological drought which is lack of rain, agricultural drought which is lack of moisture in the soil, and hydrologic drought which is reduce water from bodies of water, either below ground water sources or streams. Places like California are under drought regulations regularly. Here are some tips to ensure you know what to do during a drought or an emergency situation that requires you conserve the most water.

Water Saving Plumbing Fixtures

Consult your trusted plumber to give you the best recommendations for replacements and upgrades to your plumbing that will not only conserve water on your water bill today, but well into the future. These innovations will effect the following generations to come and help you feel your best about the efforts you made to save valuable resources in your lifetime. Also be sure to fix leaks as quickly as possible. Leaks are responsible for a lot of unwanted water spending. You can also flush your toilet less or place a brick in the tank because filling completely up between flushes is not necessary. The internet is full of countless other tips for saving water in your bathroom.

Water Lawns at Opportune Times

If you are going to water your lawn, do it less often and cut your grass less often so it will retain the water you do give it. Be sure to water your lawn in the early morning or late evening to insure it soaks up the most moisture before it gets evaporated with the help of the sun.

Rain Water Collection

Collecting rain water in specifically designed rain barrels is one of the most effective ways to save water in the event of drought or emergency. This water is safe to use on virtually anything but drinking, including to water your plants and lawn or wash your car. You can also devise your own collection from the run off of your home’s gutter system. Water can also be collected from your water supply in your home, below kitchen sinks. A bucket can collect your water waste and be used on your outdoor plants.

In the coming years, common knowledge on defining a drought and regular water regulations will need to be employed. In other countries, drought is considered the normal condition or clean drinking water is not at all available. We are fortunate we have the water we do today and should do all we can to protect it. Employ these three things in times of drought, or just on a regular basis, to be a responsible citizen of earth.