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Registered: 05-15-2001
Mon, 07-02-2012 - 7:03pm

This will bring laughter in the areas that are, or have been flooded, but we're in drought here.  It is bad already!

Some of my water saving tips are useful year-round.  I place a bucket under the faucet of the bathtub, and let the cold water that first comes out of the tap run into the bucket before my shower.  I use that water to flush the toilet, which drives all of the water in the bowl out; then, I clean the toilet bowl without having the waterline to  clean underwater.  I re-use water that has been used to clean vegetables to water my plants.

What are some of your tips?:smileywink:

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Registered: 03-15-2012
Fri, 08-03-2012 - 11:31pm

I use rainbarrels in the yard so that I can water my vegtable and flower gardens.  Run the dishwasher only when it fulls.  Do laundry as much as possible with a full load.  Last year we bought a energy efficient washer and what I love the most is that it sets the the water line. It is a top loader (we were adviced against a front loading maching as our laundry room is on the second level of the home).   I noticed a $25 a month savings when we started using this washer!  Even a "full load" does not require a the highest water setting the machine senses what is needed and puts in just enough to get the job done. 

I do things like turing off water when brushing teeth etc.    Now if I could only get my eldest son to not use so much water when showering!!!


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Registered: 07-24-1997
Re: Drought
Tue, 08-07-2012 - 1:40pm

We've never had to conserve water either.  We have well water, and half my property is wetlands, which means there is never a drought in my house - quite the opposite.  Having said that, we don't waste water, unless you count 12yo DS in the shower.