5 Products to Help Conserve Water

California is experiencing the worst drought in the history books – lakes are dry, reservoirs are low and entire communities are in danger of running out of water completely. The Governor, Jerry Brown, has declared a drought emergency and restrictions are being placed on water use statewide. The federal government is sending money to farmers to help implement water conservation techniques while the state is doing the same for communities needing immediate help. This past winter was record-breaking but not in a good way – check out the snow {or lack of} in 2014 vs. 2013 in this photo from NASA/NOAA.

NASA/NOAA photo of California Snowfall 2013-2014

Being a resident of California, it has been asked that we all decrease our usage of water by 30% – but I think everyone can do a little better than that! I recently set out looking for ways my family could conserve water only to find that we already did a majority of the common “tips” out there. We don’t leave faucets running, we fix leaks as they spring up, we never let our gardening hose just “run”, our dishwasher and laundry washer never run without a full load, table scraps get put in the garbage or compost bin instead of the garbage disposal and heaven knows we are conserving water by the amount of times we water our lawn… but I knew we could do better. So, I did what I do best – went shopping. I found a few items that would help my family take our conservation of water to the next level.

5 Products to Help Conserve Water

5 Products to Help Conserve Water

  1. Rain Water Collection & Storage System: Why didn’t I know about these? It does just what it sounds like – collects rainwater and then stores it for later use. Pretty awesomesauce if you ask me. A lot of people use them to water their lawns or outdoor plants but I am also thinking it would be great for washing little muddy hands off before my kiddos come indoors.
  2. Water Filter Pitcher: Ok, I can admit that this one sounds a little funny since we are trying to conserve water – but just stay with me here. How many times have you gone to get a glass of water, felt the water temperature and waited for it to cool down? I am totally guilty of this. Well if you already have a cold pitcher of water just chilling in the fridge there will be none of the wasted water.
  3. Shower Timer: I know, fighting words. Being a lover of looooong hot showers this one is a bit tough for me. However, the savings of water make it well worth the sacrifice of warmth and relaxation – we are talking 1,000’s of gallons of water a year, multiplied by the number of showerers in your home. A good goal to set is a 5 minute shower and to help my family get on board with this one I found a timer that stays in the shower and doesn’t require batteries.
  4. Instant Off Water Saver: This would be perfect for my house! This little device is an automatic shut-off valve that replaces the aerator on any faucet in your home, basically eliminating any water waste. Push the rod for water and release it to stop – easy peasy! I love that my 3 year old would be able to reach the rod and use the sink without a step-stool to reach the faucet knobs – and have virtually no water waste.
  5. Wash Basin: This one has so many uses! A wash basin could be used for washing vegetables in or to catch water that is warming up {in the kitchen or shower} and then used to water plants or fill a bird bath. It could also be used as a wash basin for dishes or to hold water & soap for car washing instead of continuously running water.

Those are several additions we will be making to our house in an effort to save more water. Do you have any water-conserving tips to share? Have you ever experienced a drought before?