Easy ways to conserve water every day
Around this time last year I decided that while climate change is a very real issue, the one I need to focus on is water conservation. Living in Alberta the past two years has really brought home the fact that water conservation is not something that can be put off. As the planet heats up, droughts are becoming more commonplace and we need to do what we can to conserve water. It is a precious resource that is essential to life.
Even small changes in your day to day life can make a difference. Below are some of the ways that we conserve water every day.
- Skip taking a shower or make it shorter. Most of us don’t shower every day, especially the kids. Unless you are working up a sweat or getting muddy, a quick rinse, or totally skipping bath day is more than enough. When the kids do take showers we set a time limit. To make it easy for them we use songs. A typical pop song is 2-3 minutes long which is more than enough time to scrub the important bits and rinse off.
- Turn off the taps when washing your hands, or brushing your teeth. Doing this when brushing your teeth can save up to fifteen litres of water.* Fifteen litres! Think handwashing can’t make that much of a difference? Think again. In one year you can save more than 1,500 litres* of water and enough energy to power a 13-watt compact fluorescent light bulb for over 2 months just by turning the taps to the off position when you make suds. These are small changes that can make a big impact!
- Use a rain barrel to collect water for your lawns and garden, and choose drought hardy grass and plants. It’s also a really good idea to use plants that are native to your area in your landscape designs. They will withstand the ups and downs of the weather in your area and will help the local ecosystem.
The main thing to remember is to be thoughtful about how you use water, and remember where it goes. The water I rinse my veggies with, I pour on my indoor and outdoor plants. The same goes for the unused water in the kids water bottles. Wash your car less often and use a broom to remove debris from your sidewalks instead of the hose.
When it comes to your kids, it is important to instill good oral care habits at an early age. It is also important for every child to learn the value of water conservation at an early age. They need to know that there are people around the world, and even close to home who don’t have access to clean, safe water.
This World Water Day I encourage you to pledge to make one small change, like saving water while brushing your teeth. To find out more about Colgate’s – Save Water initiative #EveryDropCounts visit their website here.
*statistics provided by Colgate – Save Water
I was compensated by Colgate-Palmolive for this post. All opinions expressed within are my own.