Drought Home Preparedness
Droughts seem to have been happening more and more frequently over the past few years. With temperatures on the rise and water becoming scarce in some areas, it’s important to understand some of the tools and resources you have available to you. Water conversation is your MVP in your fight against drought. Understanding some water conservation options will help you better use their functions and how they can save you money.
Low-flow aerators reduce the flow of water from the faucet without compromising on water pressure, saving both energy and water. A 1.0-gallon per minute (gpm) aerator could save you more than 50% of the water you use when compared to your standard 2.2gpm faucets. Depending on the aerator, you can save anywhere between 2 to 16 gallons of water per day.
Aerators can be purchased at your local hardware store. Installation
instructions are pretty straightforward, and this is a project you can easily set up for the weekend. Try replacing all of the main faucets in your home with ones that are better suited for
preserving energy and
Another key part of water conversation, and also an essential duty to your yard, would be abiding by community water restrictions. If you live in a neighborhood that has issued scheduled watering days and times, be sure to follow them in accordance to the notice.
If you have a garden that requires more attention than just a few minutes under the sprinkler, try installing a drip irrigation system. You can purchase a kit from your local hardware store complete with instructions on how to properly irrigate your garden.
Drip irrigation slow-releases water at the base of the plants throughout the day. Leaving you free to attend to the more substantial portions of your yard while your garden quietly soaks.