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Old 08-08-2002, 08:00 AM
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Question How do you save water?

Do you try to conserve your use of water? With many States having a drought, how do you save water? or does this not affect you?

I have aways conserved water since we have always had a well system and want to make sure the well doesn't run dry.
We use a water saver head on our shower so we can soap up with the water off and flip it to rinse off. It saves gallons of water!

Another thing I do is have a pitcher of water in the fridge cooling, so water is not run down the drain.


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Old 08-08-2002, 10:56 AM
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I try to save on water. Sometimes it is hard. I do "sailor showers" and the water pitcher too. Also I hand wash our dishes; one side of the sink has soapy water and the other side has clean to rinse. I try not to run the water while washing unless I have a large messy pot. I also use this water to water plants. We haven't watered our lawn all summer (it does look pretty sad). Turn the water off when brushing your teeth (I though everyone did this, but I've had to remind DH of this LOL). I should put a milk jug full of water in the toilet tank while I am thinking about it to reduce it's water use.
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Old 08-09-2002, 07:58 PM
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Good idea about the milk jug full of water in the toliet tank...I never heard that one, but I know you can put a brick in there!lol

I hand wash my dishes too, I 'll have to try your method.

Boy if you think of anymore, fire away!

Our lawn is looking brown here too, good thing for weeds or it all would be brown. I do have my mower set to a higher setting to keep the grass longer, reduces the loss of water. And I try not to mow too often.

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Old 08-11-2002, 09:24 AM
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Hi:
I use the laundromat. I pay for washing the clothes and the drying is free. It is 20 min. from my home. Not only do I save water and electricity, but also time. I can do as many washes as I want at the same time, put them all in the dryers at one time, and I'm out of there in 1 1/2 hrs. Yes, it takes organization, keeping the detergent in the car, putting the hangers at one end of the closet when they become empty so that all I have to do on wash day is grab a handful and put them in a shopping bag. As I take the clothes out of the dryer, I put them on hangers. All ready to be put in the closet when I get home.
For saving water in the toilets, I wash out a gallon milk jug, refill it and put it in the water tank of the toilet. I've heard not to use a brick to save water as it disinegrates and goes into your septic system, causing real problems.
I run the dishwasher once a day, in the evening when they say the electric is cheaper. With a bad back for years, I don't do dishes by hand.
I read my water meter as they have "guesstimated" my bill more than once!
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Old 08-11-2002, 09:51 AM
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Blondie29697,

Thanks for the advice on the brick thing...I didn't know that! I won't be putting a brick in my potty!

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Old 08-11-2002, 11:15 AM
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ahhhhhh...well we use the same bath water for a week....*rolling*

don't mind me today, I'm slowly losing my mind... *laughing*

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Old 08-11-2002, 12:29 PM
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We have a small kiddie pool outside for the kids. As they are pretty active out there in the summer, the pool gets dirty quickly. My husband brought home a pump from work that is submergable and we put the pump in the water and attatch a hose to it that leads to the garden. That way, we are recycling the water in the garden without the high water bill. We are also in the process of making downspout barrels...from our gutters. We are putting spiggits (sp) on the plastic barrels that a salsa/gardinera company was getting rid of for free and are hopint to use that to collect rain water!!
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Old 08-11-2002, 01:11 PM
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Hi Musicmon:
What a neat idea to get the spigots the company is getting rid of to put on your barrels. I belong to a wastenothing site and we trade tips like that. We say "use everything 3 times".
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Water saving Ideas

Here's one you might know - maybe not. MULCH your veggie garden. Then when you need to water just water at the base of each plant. Takes a little while to water - but I use the time for waking up - as I water early in the morning. Mulching also eliminates (or just leaves a few) weeding. I have a friend who never mulches her garden and she's had to rototille it twice, and then cut it with a lawn mower because the rototiller broke. I said why don't you just mulch it - I do and I just have to pull a couple of weeds here and there. My soil is in great shape and let me tell you those are some pretty weeds I'm pulling!

This past year I also purchased a front loading washer. If you're serious about water conservation get one! Front loaders use one-third the volume of water that a top loader uses. It'll pay for itself quickly because it's saving the water and the electricty to pump that water out of the well, if you have one. It also spins very quickly so drying time is cut.

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Old 08-11-2002, 07:31 PM
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I also have a well and for the first time had to be careful and give my water comsumption some thought. In addition to not running the water when toothbrushing and taking quick showers, I got in the habit of running the water into a jug at the kitchen sink when waiting for it to get hot to do the dishes. I realized how much ran down the drain when we do this..so I started saving it to water the plants. Before we got our new well (the old one was not so good) we had to be VERY careful. Then I would use that water for rinsing, and collected rainwater in 5 gal pails. At one time I actually had to fill my washer this way! Lucky there is only two of us..we took quick showers together and this all made me very thankful for the water supply from the deeper well. I still collect about 1=1/2 gal a day from our dehumidifier which runs in the basement in the summer. I figure it is better for the plants than the well water with all the iron and minerals or salts from the water softener. Oh, and I also mulch, with newpapers covered with leaves from last fall and I put an inverted milk jug with the bottom cut off next to each tomato plant to make the watering easier to get to the bottom of the plant where you need it.
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