By now we all know that the drought we are facing in California is a serious problem. While the Bay Area consumes relatively less water than our fellow Californians in more rural areas, there is no excuse for every single one of us not to do our part. The time to start amending behaviors is now. Here are a few tips to get you started if you haven’t already committed to using less water.
- Fix any leaks—immediately. Whether a sink in your bathroom or kitchen is dribbling or you suspect a leak in your toilet, now is the time to address the problem. Leaks like this can waste many gallons of water per day. To test for a leak in your toilet, lift the lid to your tank and drop several drops of food coloring inside. Do not flush while waiting 20 minutes. Then check the water inside the toilet bowl for color. If any appears, come and see us for help—you have a leak.
- Install a shower flow control and adjust it so that you are using less water when you shower. (Sku 40084, $11.99) While you’re at it, challenge yourself to take a shorter shower. If you can decrease your time by just a minute, you can save up to 3 gallons of water.
- Be prepared for rain with a rain bucket to catch and preserve whatever precious rainfall we have. You can attach a garden hose to the fitting and use what you’ve collected to water your garden instead of needing to turn on the spigot. Collect up to 50 gallons with this model (Sku 7205396, $99.99)
- If you use a dishwasher, pack it as full as possible each time you run it. Same goes for the washing machine—do only full loads as often as you can.
- Use an immediate hot water dispenser in the kitchen. Instead of running the water and waiting for it to heat up, have hot water on demand as soon as you turn on the faucet. (Available by special order: Sku 47986, $239.99)Or for a more budget-friendly option, simply have a pitcher or dishpan in place to catch water that you are running to heat up. Instead of letting water run down the drain, you can use the clean water you collect to boil for your pasta or to water your houseplants. (Sku 66695, $7.49)
- Consider installing a Sink Positive™ device. This retrofit for your toilet lid takes just minutes to install and turns your toilet lid into a sink—using the clean water before it refills your toilet tank to make a touch-free hand wash with every flush. (Sku 400031, $139.99)
- And finally, if it’s yellow, let it mellow. Need we say more? (Please don’t make us.)