If you follow any sort of agricultural news, you know that large portions of the US are currently experiencing drought. And drought hasn’t left Colorado alone either. More than 75% of Colorado is currently dealing with moderate drought conditions. When these conditions are present, whether you’re in the agricultural sector or not, everyone needs to come together to try to conserve as much water as possible. Luckily, there are some simple things you can do in your home to reduce your water use.
- Cleaning: This includes doing dishes and laundry. Don’t run your clothing washer or dishwasher until you have a full load. Most appliances have an eco or low water setting; use this setting throughout the drought. If you hand wash your dishes, don’t continually run the sink; instead, half fill the sink for washing, and then rinse in short bursts.
- Personal Hygiene: Turn off the water when you brush your teeth, wash your hands and shave. Take shorter showers, and if possible, install a low flow shower head and toilets.
- Yard Maintenance: Instead of watering your yard daily, only water every 3 days, for 20-30 minutes. This is plenty of water to keep your grass green and healthy. Don’t water during the heat of the day; instead, water in the early morning or evening. Don’t water when it’s windy out. The wind will blow away a significant portion of your water. If you have gotten rain recently, don’t water for a longer period. The soil can only hold so much water; additional water is purely wasted.
- Collect water when possible: Setting up a few 50 gallon barrels to collect water when you do get some rain can really help you during the drier periods. This water can be used for watering plants, bathing pets and many other purposes. Be sure to check your local laws to make sure rainwater collection is allowed in your area.