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Next khổng lồ air, water is the most important element for the preservation of life. Water is a finite commodity which, if not managed properly, will result in shortages in the near future. Water conservation can go a long way to help alleviate these impending shortages.

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1. Kiểm tra your nhà vệ sinh for leaks.

Put a few drops of food coloring in your toilet tank. If, without flushing, the coloring begins to appear in the bowl., you have a leak that may be wasting more than 100 gallons of water a day.

2. Stop using your nhà vệ sinh as an ashtray or wastebasket

Every cigarette butt or tissue you flush away also flushes away five khổng lồ seven gallons of water.

3. Put a plastic bottle in your nhà wc tank

Put an inch or two of sand or pebbles in the bottom of a one liter bottle to weigh it down. Fill the rest of the bottle with water and put it in your nhà wc tank, safely away from the operating mechanism. In an average home, the bottle may save five gallons or more of water every day without harming the efficiency of the toilet. If your tank is big enough, you may even be able lớn put in two bottles.

4. Take shorter showers

A typical shower uses five to lớn ten gallons of water a minute. Limit your showers lớn the time it takes lớn soap up, wash down và rise off.

5. Install water-saving shower heads or flow restrictors

Your hardware or plumbing supply store stocks inexpensive shower heads or flow restrictors that will cut your shower flow to about three gallons a minute instead of five khổng lồ ten. They are easy lớn install, và your showers will still be cleansing and refreshing.

6. Take baths

A partially filled tub uses less water than all but the shortest showers.

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7. Turn off the water while brushing your teeth

Before brushing, wet your brush and fill a glass for rinsing your mouth.

8. Turn off the water while shaving

Fill the bottom of the sink with a few inches of warm water in which khổng lồ rinse your razor.

9. Check faucets and pipes for leaks

Even a small drip can waste 50 or more gallons of water a day.

10. Use your automatic dishwasher for full loads only

Running your dishwasher less often saves water and money.

11. Use your automatic washing machine only for full loads only

Your automatic washer uses 30 to lớn 35 gallons per cycle.

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12. Don"t let the faucet run while you clean vegetables

Rinse your vegetables instead in a bowl or sink full of clean water.

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Keep a bottle of drinking water in the refrigerator

This puts a stop to the wasteful practice of running tap water lớn cool it for drinking.

14. If you wash dishes by hand, don"t leave the water running for rinsing

If you have two sinks, fill one with rinse water. If you have only one sink, first gather all your washed dishes in a dish rack, then rinse them quickly with a spray device or a pan of water.

15. Check faucets và pipes for leaks

Leaks waste water 24 hours a day, seven days a week. An inexpensive washer is usually enough to lớn stop them.

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16. Water your lawn only when it needs it

Watering on a regular schedule doesn"t allow for cool spells or rainfall which reduce the need for watering. Step on some grass. If it springs back up when you move your foot, it doesn"t need water.

17. Deep-soak your lawn

When you vì chưng water your lawn, water it long enough for water lớn seep down khổng lồ the roots where it is needed. A light sprinkling that sits on the surface will simply evaporate and be wasted.

18. Water during the cool parts of the day

Early morning is better than dusk since it helps prevent the growth of fungus.

19. Don"t water the gutter

Position your sprinklers so that water lands on your lawn or garden, not in areas where it does no good. Also, avoid watering on windy days when much of your water may be carried off to the streets and sidewalks.

20. Plant drought-resistant trees & plants

Many beautiful trees and plants thrive without irrigation.

21. Put a layer of mulch around trees và plants.

Mulch slows the evaporation of moisture.

22. Use a broom lớn clean driveways, sidewalks and steps

Using a hose wastes hundreds & hundreds of gallons of water.

23. Don"t run the hose while washing your car

Soap down your oto from a pail of soapy water. Use a hose only to lớn rinse it off.

24. Tell your children not khổng lồ play with the hose và sprinklers

Children love to play under a hose or sprinkler on a hot day. Unfortunately, this practice is extremely wasteful of precious water and should be discouraged.

25. Kiểm tra for leaks in pipes, hoses faucets and couplings

Leaks outside the house are easier to ignore since they since they don"t mess up the floor or keep you awake at night. However, they can be even more wasteful than inside water leaks especially when they occur on your main water line.