How to Conserve Water Consumption

How to Conserve Water Consumption
While limiting electricity and gas consumption is a great way to keep an eco-friendly mindset, many people forget about the world's most precious asset, water. With water being used for many applications from agricultural to electric, you would think that everyone would do their part to limit their personal water usage. However, the average family wastes thousands of gallons of water a year. Luckily, it is incredibly easy to do your part to conserve water consumption.


Difficulty: Moderately Easy

Things You’ll Need:
  • Plastic bag Rocks Buckets
  • Plastic bag
  • Rocks
  • Buckets
Step 1
Take steps to conserve water consumption when grooming. Always take a shower over a bath and reduce the length of time spent in the shower. Also, turn off the water when brushing your teeth or shaving to save 6 gallons of water a day.
Step 2
Avoid flushing the toilet unnecessarily by throwing tissues, bugs and other non-human waste items in the trash instead of the toilet. To limit the amount of water used by the toilet when flushing, place a plastic bag filled with rocks in the tank of the toilet. This will displace the water, saving an average of 5 to 10 gallons of water a day.
Step 3
Water the yard less frequently. In most climates a yard needs to be watered every 5 to 7 days in the summer and less often in the winter. Always water the lawn in the early morning hours to maximize the absorption of the water. Raise the lawn mower blade an inch to encourage deeper root growth, allowing for easier water absorption and limit water need.
Step 4
Do not let any clean water go down the drain. Save dishwater, water used while waiting for the water to heat up or bath water to water houseplants or the yard. Saving rain water can also be a creative way to save water for the garden.
Step 5
Check for leaks and drips throughout the house. One drip per second will waste over 2,700 gallons of water a year. When most leaks can be easily fixed with the turn of a wrench or the placement of an o-ring, this loss of water is nonsensical.

Tips & Warnings

Keep water for reuse in a large painter's bucket that can be found at any hardware store.

Article Written By Heather Rutherford

Heather Rutherford has enjoyed writing professionally since 2004. Her articles have appeared in,,, and On-the-News. She also works intimately with several small businesses to prepare business plans and other marketing materials. Rutherford is seeking an Associate of Arts in business from North Idaho College.

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