Water consumption is a big deal in households today. You never know whether you are going to get this week’s supply of metro water. This makes it extremely important to save water at your place. The little things that you can do to conserve water go a long way in ensuring adequate supply.
1. Vertical plants:
A major trend that you are sure to benefit from is installing a vertical plant arrangement in your backward. Installing a green wall is a practice that is catching on in urban areas. You can arrange your plants vertically one below another in a manner that it resembles a living wall. You can save a lot of water by using this drip method of irrigation. When you water the plants on top, the excess water seeps down towards the lower rows of plants.
2. Preventing run-off:
You can create a small dam around your plants to make sure that the water goes into the roots instead of running off. All you need to do is create ridges around plants to retain the water closer to the plants. This is a simple way to ensure that the water that you use is not spilling over.
3. Native plants:
Native plants are best suited for the soil. You can easily manage your garden if you match your plants to the soil. Certain plants grow well in particular soils. The native plants take in very little water increasing the soil’s capacity to retain more water.
4. Check for leaks:
You can look at the taps, showers, and faucets at home to see if anything is leaking. Make sure to fix them no matter how small the leak is. You can do a periodic check so that you do not leave any leaks out. Check for water pressure every now and then. There are high chances of leaks at your home if the water pressure is too low. Then you should proceed to check the pipes and fix them to save water.
5. Fitting water-saving showerheads:
Your bathroom showerheads are a major outlet for fast flowing water. The pressure is usually high making the water gush out with a rapid force. You can fit showerheads with an add-on so that water usage is minimal. The add-on installation is widely available at hardware stores nowadays.
6. Soak before scrubbing:
The next time you find some surface extremely dirty, be it your floor or utensils; make sure to let them soak for a while before you start cleaning them. This saves the need for using running water. Use some soap and a bit of water on that particular dirt and scrub once the dirt starts coming off easily. You are sure to save lots of water this way.
7. Rainwater harvesting:
This system is a huge success in the State with it being mandatory in households that are newly built. You can install pipes and drains that lead to a sump that can hold water all year round. This system requires installing pipes, digging an underground water collector and using pebbles to filter the water. This is a great long-term solution for you to make use of rainwater. The ground water levels below your home will increase manifold.
You can save water in your garden and home by being aware of how much you need to use. Little measures go a long way in conserving water in the long run. No drip or leak is small enough for it to be left unnoticed. Make sure you do quick checks from time to time to see how you can use water minimally and efficiently for all your needs.