When you live in the desert, you understand how precious of a commodity water is. We must be wary of how much we use, how often we use it, and where. Follow these simple water conservation tips to reduce your Lake Havasu household usage.
Water Conservation Tips for the Lake Havasu Household
Indoor Water Conservation Tips
Kitchen Water Conservation Tips – When using water to cook, only use what you need, no more. Do you wash your fruits and vegetables when you bring them home from the store? Place a large bowl or plastic bin in the sink to collect the water. Then use this water for your plants. Dishwashers are more water-efficient than washing by hand. But, if you do wash by hand, fill one sink with hot soapy water. Then, fill the other with just hot water (to rinse). Don’t let the water run while washing them. Newer dishwashers don’t even need you to rinse dishes before you place them inside. When you drop an ice cube, toss it in a flower pot rather than in the sink.
Bathroom Water Conservation Tips – Cut shower times to just five minutes each. Place a waterproof timer inside your showers to keep track. Turn off the water while you brush your teeth and soap up your hands. This alone can save over 10,000 gallons of water per year for a family of four. Replace your shower head, toilet, and faucets with WaterSense® ones. Use buckets to collect cold water while waiting for it to heat up in the shower. Use this water for your plants. Check for toilet leaks by placing a couple drops of food coloring in your toilet tank. If the water in the bowl changes colors without flushing, you have a leak.
Laundry Water Conservation Tips – Today’s washers and detergents work very well in colder temperatures. Use cold water on everything except sheets and towels. Reuse your bath towels two or three times before washing them. Only wash when you have a full load. Adjust the water level to fit the size of your load.
Outdoor Water Conservation Tips
Landscaping Water Conservation Tips – Here in Havasu, finding a home with actual grass is rare. Landscaping tends to be very desert-friendly and low maintenance. Only use drought-resistant plants like lantanas, Angel’s trumpet, Mexican creeper, and Hatiora gaertneri. They blossom with pretty yellow and red flowers. Mexican flame vine and shrub rose “knock out” offer gorgeous orange and purple hues. Then, there are various succulents (flowering and non-flowering) to fill out the rest of your desert garden. These all require little water to flourish.
Pool Water Conservation Tips – Our pools lose two to four inches of water per week from evaporation. When not in use, cover them to reduce the evaporation rate. All fountains and water features should utilize recirculating pumps. Forget the spraying fountains. Water tends to evaporate quickly from these. If you do wish to have a fountain of some sort, it should trickle or cascade. These lose less water than the spraying ones do.
Even the smallest bit of effort helps when it comes to water conservation. What practices have you implemented in your household to reduce your water usage? Please share your tips in the comments below.