Saving water is important because although the earth is made up of approximately 75% water, believe it or not, we have a limited supply of usable water. Some people argue that if we construct water desalination plants, we can convert the massive amounts of the ocean’s salt water into usable drinking water. The problem with that is it takes large sums of energy to power these plants; energy that eventually results in wasteful by-products that eventually turn into another problem – and turning a problem into another problem doesn’t solve anything. In the end, it is a battle of balancing waste and production. The solution we propose is to stop wasting. By not wasting water, we not only help the earth, we become aware and grateful of what the earth provides for us. Here are a few strategies and ways to save water.

Be aware of your home water use: Water conservation is all about limiting water usage and doing everything you can to put water to use before it runs down the drain. Think about it, while washing your hands or brushing your teeth, you’re just watching all this water running down the drain. Sometimes, the water you waste lathering up is more than what you need to wash off the soap! Even when showering, there’s a large volume of water that simply heads towards the drain. Why not keep a bucket in the shower to collect this extra water, and use it to water plants, to rinse, or to even soak your dirty pots and pans? Doing so can save you up to 1,000 gallons per year. So, be aware of the water you use and keep in mind that there is always a way to reuse water before surrendering it to the drain.

Get to know your Outdoor watering system: In the Las Vegas desert, nearly 75% of water used is towards outdoor residential landscaping. What the Las Vegas people don’t know is that their home is almost suffering a major drought that might require the assistance of the federal government. If you live in Las Vegas, to find out ways to save water is to call Las Vegas Landscape companies and ask them for a list of trees, plants and shrubs that grow naturally in the desert climate, and don’t worry, not all desert plants are thorny. Some are actually visually stunning such as the vibrant gold, red or purple drought resistant lantanas. Also, get to know your sprinkler system, when it waters, how much it waters, and if you dig three inches into the ground and feel moisture, you’re water your plants too often. Don’t use a hose to clean your driveway, use a broom. Make compost out of use vegetables. Or collect rain water from your roof to water your plants. The key is to know that water can be reused over and over again. This will allow you to come up with your own creative ways to save water. Think about washing your dog or even your car in a part of the lawn that needs watering. Don’t worry about the soap; the earth will find a way to naturally filter it. There you go; you just did two things at once using one stream of water. The goal is to get creative with water conservation. The more aware you are the more habitual it will become, and sometimes all it takes is you to influence minds and make a change for the better.

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