5 Ways to Become a Water Conservation Super Star

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Boy that sounds like a mouthful, right? If you want to embark on the journey of being a true water conservation superstar you’ll need to make sacrifices.

You’ll need to make changes, and you’ll need to do things others are not willing to do. If you want to have the ultimate bragging rights, don’t worry, because you’re about to find out. Pay close attention to these 5 methods we’re about to go over.

Regardless of why you want to conserve on water, there are 5 basic methods you absolutely need to be using. If you fail to do what you’re about to read, how can you call yourself a true superstar water conservationist?

So let’s dive right in, and take a look at everything you need to do in order to become a superstar in the water conservation department.

Aeration

If you don’t have extra aeration for your faucet, please stop calling yourself a water conservationist. The truth is, aeration is the easiest way to start conserving on water.

Here’s what you need to do:

You don’t need to go crazy with it, but make sure you obtain an aerator that can reduce the overall flow of water to about .5 gallons per minute or less. In most cases this is really all the water you’ll need, and believe it or not, you’ll save quite a bit of water this way.

Which one should I go with?

There are plenty of different aerator options, so just make sure you choose the option that is right for you. At the end of the day, it really comes down to what you’re looking for. They make models that can spray, reduce splash, and keep a flow of water consistent. So take a look at your water situation, and determine which is a good fit for you.

If truly want to be an all-star, try looking for aerators that reduce the flow of water to under .5 gallons per minute. This will ensure that you’re using as little water as possible, and this is what separates the stars from superstars.

A DIY rainwater irrigation system

This option might sound a bit complicated, but at the end of the day, it’s really not that difficult to accomplish. If you want to make sure you’re conserving ample amounts of water, it’s time to utilize mother nature to your advantage.

While some sprinkler systems are designed to be efficient, if you want to be a superstar, you’ll need to go the extra mile. There is simply no way around this at all.

Believe it or not, you can actually utilize rainwater for numerous types of lawn irrigation. You’ll find that it might take a little more leg work on your end, but the results are truly worth it.

The first thing you’ll need to do is set up rainwater barrels. These will allow you to collect that precious water that falls from the sky. Once you have it in your possession, the opportunities are truly limitless. The best material to use is definitely plastic, and you can usually find these at your local hardware or farming store.

So how do I set up rainwater irrigation?

This is definitely easier than it sounds, but you’ll need some basic supplies. Here is what you’ll need to get started:

  • A plastic container with the desired amount of gallons you want to hold
  • A hole in the container you’ll be using to hook up your irrigation system
  • A hose
  • A valve

Once you have all the supplies you’ll need, you’ll need to find a location for the rain collection barrel. This is totally about preference but try and use an effective location to reduce waste.

Once you have the barrel setup, simply connect your hose to the bottom. You’ll want to utilize a valve to make sure you can turn the flow of water on and off. From this point, you can connect the hose to whatever you’d like be it a sprinkler or a nozzle.

Feel free to get creative with this idea, and watch how quickly you’ll become a water conservation superstar. Once it rains, your irrigation system will be ready for round two.

No more half loads of laundry

As convenient as it might be, doing a half load of laundry is only harming your water bill and the environment. If you want to be a true water conservationist, you’ll need to start making better use of the resources you have.

Your laundry is absolutely no exception.

This is actually one of the easier things to do on this list, but it can be a bit tedious. Just make sure that you’re making the clothes you wear last more than a day and try not to be wasteful.

While it might seem like it’s bad for your washing machine, loading as much laundry in as possible is exactly what most models are designed to do.

So stop wasting water, and start doing your laundry all at once. This will only solidify your journey of becoming a water-conserving superstar.

Take shorter showers or use a bath instead

This option is going to hurt a bit because everyone cherishes their shower time. It’s where we bathe ourselves, sing to ourselves, and unwind from a long day of work.

Well, believe it or not, showers are where the most water is wasted in your home.

Think about it: do you really need 30 minutes to clean your body? Some people do it in 5 minutes, so why can’t you?

If you want to become a water-conserving superstar, you’ll need to make this sacrifice. You’ll end up saving gallons of water every day.

What about a bath?

If you absolutely need to submerge yourself in warm water for more than 5 minutes, you can try taking a bath instead. While it might seem like it uses more water, taking a bath actually uses much less.

This is due to the simple fact that baths fill up one time, and then let the water sit. This way, you’re not continuously having water fly down the drain every second.

This method can save you gallons of water, and if a bath grosses you out, you can always rinse off beforehand.

Check for leaks

A true water-conserving superstar has no leaks in their home. No leaky faucets, toilets, or showers. If you want to save on water, having droplets leak out of a pipe is definitely not the way to do it. While this might be one of the easiest things to complete on this list, it is often ignored or missed.

How should I check for leaks?

If you’re unsure whether or not you have a leak, be sure to check under your sink. If there is a wet spot you have a leak. Plus, believe it or not, toilets can leak too. So make sure you check out all of the piping before you finish your examination.

If you do happen to find a leak, don’t worry, because you can usually solve the problem quite easily. Either tighten up the pipe with a wrench or give your local plumber a call.

This step is crucial to becoming a superstar because a leak can nullify all of your progress.

Recap

If you want to become a water conservation hero, you’ll need to follow all of these steps closely. While it might seem hard to part ways with the way you’re using water, you’ll find that it gets much easier as time goes on.

You’ll find that becoming a water-conserving superstar will not only save the environment but will also save you money on your next water bill.

So feel free to get creative, and make sure nothing gets in the way of your path to becoming a water-conserving superstar.

Quick Answer:  Water is the most vital substance for life and preserving life through time.  Why else would NASA and scientists that are looking for life in the on other planets consider the presence or past presence of water as a vital clue?

As far as we know, at this stage and level of our understanding, water is needed to support life.  Yours. Mine. Theirs.

As developed nations, the United States and others, we take clean and available water for granted.  Open the tap, and out it flows.  That’s not the case in the rest of the world, though.  We, the human race, are quickly sapping the global stores of freshwater.  And there’s not as much fresh drinking water as you may think.

The Vital Importance of the Earth’s Freshwater

Per Water.org, humans will survive for several days (weeks!) without food.  Water, though?  Drop that down to just a few days.  Oh, yeah, and all those tasty animals, scrumptious veggies, and juicy fruits ALL require water, too.

Do you see?  Water emergencies and crises will eventually translate into food emergencies and crises.

We use water for cleaning our homes, our clothes and for producing the power that we use in our homes via hydroelectrical systems.  Many people have turned to rainwater harvesting to save water for emergencies, as well as feeling the need to help conserve water from the tap.

Water management, water shortages, drought, and the global water crisis are all our responsibility.  Although we may not feel this stress on our water supply regularly, it is a real problem that is going to bite us in the near future.

There’s not as much water to go around as you may think. The World Water Council has estimated that in the next 50 years, the world’s population will increase by about 40% to 50%. This will only put more stress on the already dwindling supply of fresh water.  The conservation and awareness measures that we take today will have a severe impact on the survival of the human race.

Vegetables, Meat and a Lack of Water, Oh My!

The rising human population will require more food.  Since we need water to grow plants and feed animals, this means a requirement for more water.

Raising meat even requires more water than raising crops for food.  Also, and here’s the catch 22, as we develop more parts of the world and people in those areas become more affluent (and aware of nutritional needs) they begin eating more meat and less plant-based foods.

The stress on the word's water supply isn't going to catch a break. We need to conserve and educate now so that in 50 years billions of people have a chance to survive. Click To Tweet

Global Warming and Climate Change

As the Earth heats, that means the planet itself and the population, there will be greater demand for water.

A hotter Earth will mean that water will evaporate more quickly.  Sure, according to the Earth’s hydrologic cycle, higher temps don’t necessarily mean less rainfall, it does mean that there will be more water in the atmosphere rather in the ground for crops and animals.

Many lakes and rivers will have less water (if not completely dry).  Water Conservation today allows us to use the existing water more efficiently.  Education and research lead to more efficient methods of using water in the future.

How Rare is the World’s Fresh Water

Also according to our friends at Water.org, ONLY 1% of the world’s water can be used to sustain life. Why?  Because the vast majority of the water on this planet is saltwater from seas and oceans.

Sure, we have the technology to remove the salt from the seawater thought a process called desalinization but it’s MUY expensive!  The process isn’t even used that much because it’s just not practical.

So, water conservation is the only logical way to take care of the water that we do have and our existence.

How About Social Justice and Water?

Water scarcity is also a social justice issue.  Much of the freshwater in undeveloped countries isn’t fit for consumption or use.  The areas with bad or little water have been hit harder by climate change than the rest of us due simply to lack organizations and resources to actually spread the word of the importance of water conservation.

These areas are becoming arider and the water crisis is compounding by such a factor that it is almost uncontrollable.  This puts such a strain on water resources to be used for irrigation, clean water to drink, and groundwater.  Water conservation must start now!