Water conservation yesterday started with me forgetting to cut back and promptly lavishly rinsing my breakfast and lunch dishes. I knew this one in general was going to be a toughie, and maybe I should have taped the faucets the way I taped the light switches. But after these slip-ups, I was off and running with ideas to cut back throughout the day, week, and beyond. Here is what I came up with and started doing.
- Saving water in jugs that I run while waiting for the water to get hot. We’ve been using this to rinse dishes and brush teeth.
- Saving wash and rinse water from our hand-crank washer. I used this to hand flush the toilet a few times. And I poured the cleaner rinse water into the big washer to cut down on the amount of water needed to fill it up when I do our one machine load tomorrow.
- Saving boil water from cooking pasta or veggies to rinse dishes. I didn’t get a chance to try this one out, because we had leftovers last night, but still a cool idea.
- Shower every other day. We’ve been doing this for a while now, and it’s second nature. Also, we’ve had our low-flow shower head for ages too.
- Saving the water from showers is going to be a tricky one. We can let it pool in the bathtub, but then what? I’ll need to figure out how to scoop it out and what to use it for.
- Saving the water from our washing machine will be tricky too. I’m going to have to think on it to see what I come up with. It might take a while to implement this one.