The current drought in Indianapolis has forced me to evaluate how I use water and search for ways to lessen my water footprint. Our fresh water supplies may seem endless, but they are a precious resource that we cannot afford to waste. Conserving water is an important ingredient in responsible living. Thankfully there are easy ways to conserve water without being a big hassle on your daily life. These suggestions can reduce your water footprint by up to 35% or by 25 gallons per day. The average individual uses roughly 70 gallons of water per day.
- Wash only full loads in washing machines and dishwashers
- Compost rather than using garbage disposal
- Avoid using toilet as a trashcan
- Turn off water while brushing your teeth
- Take shorter showers or turn-off water while lathering up
- Use mulch in landscape beds to conserve water for plants
- Use a broom rather than a hose to clean sidewalks
- Check faucets and toilets for leaks
- Wash more dishes by hand
- Install water saving shower heads and faucets
Are there other ways we can save water her in Indianapolis as we endure one of the worst droughts ever? What do you think?