While a large part of the country is seeing typical rainfall and even snowfall, the sunshine state of California is suffering from one of the worst droughts seen in decades. According to the California Department of Fish and Wildlife, at this point, even El Niño conditions, which are defined as “torrential downpours and mudslides” wouldn’t be enough to help. The drought is expected to cost $2.2 billion and will most likely result in the loss of 17,100 jobs.
While you may not be living in California, it doesn’t mean you are immune to the effects of the drought. California is one of the largest suppliers of produce in the country and a depletion in water for crops will cause produce in your supermarket to become more expensive, especially in the winter. While other parts of the country could take over production in the summer, we would rely heavily on imports from South America or frozen fruits and vegetables.
To help us get through this dry time, we reached out to a Home Improvement Expert on JustAnswer and had him compile some water saving tips. Check them out below:
1. Install low flow shower heads. Today's shower heads average 2 gallons per minute and still provide a good shower unlike original low flow heads which barely got you wet.
2. Install a modern toilet if the current one(s) are over 18 years old. This can save over 2 gallons a flush. Consider installing a dual flush toilet to save even more water.
3. Install a hot water recirculating line. This will keep hot water a short distance from any faucet in the house so you don't waste water while letting the hot side of the faucet run until the hot water gets there.
4. Check your toilet. Put some food dye in the tank and let it sit in the tank for 15 to 30 minutes without flushing. If the water shows up in the bowl, it is indicating that you need to replace the flapper in the bottom of your tank.
5. Commercial car wash. If you need to wash your car, consider taking it to a commercial car wash instead of doing it at home since they recycle their water.
6. Cut down your shower time and refrain from taking baths.
7. Pack in the dishes before running the dishwasher - same goes for laundry. Maximizing the use of water will help save in the long run.
8. Replace your faucets. If you have an older faucet replace the aerator with a water saver aerator.
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