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Posted at 5:18 AM on 6/15/2010
Hey dear Friends here are some really simple methods to reduce wastage at homes.I hope you find them useful.
Please keep updating this lis with your wonderful and valuable ideas:
1:TAKE SHORTER SHOWERS-
Shorten your shower by a minute or two and you'll save up to 150 gallons per month.

2:DON'T USE YOUR TOILET AS A WASTE BASKET-
Every time you flush a cigarette butt, facial tissue or other small bit of trash, five to seven gallons of water is wasted.

3:If the toilet flush handle frequently sticks in the flush position, letting water run constantly, replace or adjust it.If your flush leaks at the rate of one drop per second then tis could mean wastage of 2700 gallons of water!!!Just imagine!!

4:Put food coloring in your toilet tank. If it seeps into the toilet bowl without flushing, you have a leak. Fixing it can save up to 1,000 gallons a month.

5:Run your clothes washer and dishwasher only when they are full. You can save up to 1,000 gallons a month.

6:When you are washing your hands or brushing your teeth, don't let the water run while you lather.

7:Wash your fruits and vegetables in a pan of water instead of running water from the tap.

8:Water plants only when necessary. More plants die from over-watering than from under-watering.This may sound funny but its actually true!!

9:If possible Wash your pets outdoors in an area of your lawn that needs water.

10:Water your lawn and garden in the morning or evening when temperatures are cooler to minimize evaporation.

11:When cleaning out fish tanks, give the nutrient-rich water to your plants.

12:Position your sprinklers so water lands on the lawn or garden, not on paved areas. Also, avoid watering on windy days.12:DON'T RUN HOSE WHILE WASHING YOUR CAR-

13:Clean the car using a pail of soapy water. Use the hose only for rinsing - this simple practice can save as much as 150 gallons when washing a car. Use a spray nozzle when rinsing for more efficient use of water. Better yet, use a waterless car washing system; there are several brands, such as EcoTouch, which are now on the market.

14:Don't use running water to thaw food. Defrost food in the refrigerator for water efficiency and food safety.

15:Store drinking water in the refrigerator rather than letting the tap run every time you want a cool glass of water.

16:When washing dishes by hand, don't let the water run while rinsing. Fill one sink with wash water and the other with rinse water.

17:We're more likely to notice leaks indoors, but don't forget to check outdoor faucets, sprinklers and hoses for leaks.

18:Insulate hot water pipes for more immediate hot water at the faucet and for energy savings.

19:When you give your pet fresh water, don't throw the old water down the drain. Use it to water your trees or shrubs.

20:SPREAD THE WORD.ENCOURAGE FAMILY AND FRIENDS TO CONSERVE WATER.AND PLEASE GUYS SHARE YOUR IDEAS,YOUR METHODS HERE SO THAT WE MAY ALL LEARN FROM EACH OTHER.YOUR SUPPORT MEANS EVERYTHING!!:-)))

Posted at 10:37 AM on 6/15/2010
i also have somethink to say about paddling pools im not being funny or anythink but they do wast alot of water if you really want to go for a swim there are alot of place where you can go and do that even a beach if you have one near by or if your hot wet a fannel with cold water and give urself a lil wash with it this saves alot of water as so much water is used by haveing bath and paddling pools and all these big thing insead of having a bath every night try having a wash this saves alot to only use then things if you really really have to but just try some of the things i said you may even save your self abit of money for doing it also the money you save you could find a lil place in your heart to help peopel around the world who dont really have the water they so badly need thanks hope this helps abit mj hugs and love to you all and thanks for inviteing me i invited all my friends
Posted at 7:47 PM on 6/15/2010
For starters, businesses could stop using those automatic sprinklers that water the sidewalks and streets and parking lots more than they do the greenery , even during a rain storms! Geez! Don't these people have someone they can call to shut the things off at inappropriate times? And redirect them when they "water" passing cars instead of grass? Crazy world! Everytime I see this I think of the fact that someone , somewhere is not even able to get a drink of water and OMG! What is wrong with this picture? What are people thinking? Makes me want to scream!
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Posted at 4:45 AM on 6/16/2010
Another simple suggestion:

Collect rain water in a bucket, and use it to water plants etc..

Posted at 5:30 AM on 6/16/2010
My dear friends,
Thank you so much for your wonderful suggestions!!
You are absolutely right Roxanne paddling pools are quite fun but they do waste a lot of water.The authorities must make sure that while changing the water of the pools,the used-up water should be utilised in watering palnts.Also they must check the pools for any leaks in the pools coz these can waste a lot of water.
Lovechild12 you are sooo.. right these automatic sprinklers do need some regulation by responsible persons.Using them during the rains is laughable and shows the callous attitude of the authorities.Thse sprinkers must be switched off during rains or in the summer afternoons coz at that time most of the water simply evaporates without benefitting the plants in any significant way!!
I've seen a lot of those small road side eatries(which we call dhaba in our country) that have water taps that are completely damged so that the water is always leaking from them.So much water gets wasted in this way but no-one bothers niether the dhaba owner nor the customers.What is needed is an incresed awreness,many people don't realize that water supplies may get exhausted one day.....so we must make sure to spread as much awareness about water conservation as we can:-))
My dear Shelina you are sooo..... right rain water is perhaps the purest form of water and it should be harvested coz it can be emplyed for various household chores like as you said watering plants,washing utensils,clothes or even bathing purposes.If possible then rain water harvesting systems must be installed in homes!!!
Thanks once again friends for your views!!!!
Keep updating the list:-))
L.O.V.E-
Harshiita
Posted at 6:44 AM on 6/16/2010
Rain water harvesting, turning taps off while brushing, using waste water for watering plants and also using it in toilets, taking a bucket bath instead of a shower, mopping the floor rather than splashing water on it are some practices I do at home. Plus we did an activity at school where we collect the water left at the end of the glass after we drank the water, it summed up to quite a lot and this water can be used for several purposes. Planting trees also leads to rainfalls.
Hope we are able to heal the world and mend these water crisis.
Posted at 7:13 PM on 7/25/2010
There is a great Love Action occurring. So simple, yet effective. I love the suggestions. I love what you're doing here by spreading the word about the water crisis and then offering suggestions to make things right again. Love you all, Shirl.
Posted at 3:14 AM on 7/31/2010
These tips and suggestions are so great and effective. I will realy try to apply them. I love you guys and be blessed all of you! L.O.V.E.