The drought conditions in California have put water conservation issues back into the spotlight, and rightfully so. Clean, pure water is something that every living creature must have in order to survive, so it makes perfect sense for all of us to adopt and practice good water conservation measures in our homes and businesses.
The good news is that practicing water conservation in the home is not difficult, and with a bit of practice, will quickly become part of your family’s normal daily routine. Here are some simple changes you can make right now that will make a real difference.
In the Kitchen
- For automatic dishwashing, skip the pre-rinse and run the machine only on full loads.
- When washing dishes by hand, rinse in a partially filled sink, instead of running the tap.
- Keep a pitcher of water filled in the fridge for daily drinking needs to eliminate running gallons of water down the drain each time someone is thirsty.
- Instead of pouring unwanted drinking water down the drain, save it to water house plants each night.
- Choose to compost daily food waste, instead of relying on your garbage disposal that not only requires an influx of water to operate properly, but also burdens home septic systems and public waste treatment facilities with unnecessary solids.
In the Laundry
- Wash full loads, and use cold water for most or all of your laundry.
- Cut down on washing towels by having each family member hang their bath towel between uses, instead of tossing it into the wash after just one use – in most cases, towels used to dry off from the shower or bath can be reused for 2-3 days before laundering and will eliminate several loads of laundry.
- Eliminate commercial clothes dryer sheets and fabric softeners, which can leave residue on cloth fibers and make them take longer to dry, instead use a cup of white vinegar in the rinse cycle to naturally freshen and soften laundry.
In the Bath
- Install a fun timer in each bathroom and use it to teach kids to take shorter showers – (as a bonus, this one act will save not only water but several dollars on your home energy bill because less hot water will be needed).
- Adopt water conservation practices for daily grooming, such as when brushing or shaving.
- Install toilets that use the minimum amount of water per flush, and consider making flushing optional for children when urinating – if it’s yellow let it mellow, when it’s brown flush it down.
Water conservation is a critical issue for the health of the environment and the people, plants and animals who depend upon it. At Mopfrog, all locations, such as Mopfrog of North Buckhead, have adopted ways to conserve water. As an eco-friendly cleaning company, our goal is to ensure future generations enjoy the same access to a healthy water supply as we do.