I have been reading a lot about the wide spread drought lately. Oklahoma has been hit hard as have many other states, most notably, California. Experts are predicting that California will be out of water in 12-24 months unless something is done. California is the number one food and agricultural producer in the United States. If there is limited or no water our food costs will skyrocket.
I am no expert in what large scale system changes might be needed to fix the problem but I do know that if just one fourth of American citizens would save one gallon of water a day it would equate to approximately 75 million gallons of water a day. There are approximately 38 million people in the state of California. If just half would save one gallon of water a day that would equate to 19 million gallons of water a day. That would definitely make an impact.
For those of us in drought stricken areas, one of the easiest ways to conserve water is to collect the water that is going down the drain while waiting for bath water or dishwater to get hot. In our house it takes about 2 gallons of water before the shower has hot water. I collect it in a jug or bucket and use it to water the garden. It could also be used for flushing the toilet, mopping floors, rinsing the tub after it has been washed, or watering pets/livestock.
I realize my 2 gallons of water I save a day isn’t much but if everyone in a drought stricken region would do the same it would make a difference. It doesn’t take much effort or time. You are just standing there waiting on the water to get hot anyway.
Anyone out there want to give this a try? What other ways do you conserve water?