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3 Ways To Conserve Water This Summer

As we know, water is essential to life, but what happens when the supply runs low? On average, California only sees about .27 inches of rain during the summer months. This amount is extremely low and can cause a shortage in the water supply. If you find yourself wondering how you can combat this and help preserve your water, stay tuned. From fixing leaks to alternate plant suggestions, we are here to provide a few tips to help you conserve your water during these dry summer months!

Why is Water Conservation Necessary?

Not only do we need water for drinking, hygiene, washing, plumbing, manufacturing, and hydropower, but plants and animals also need water to survive. By conserving water, you are directly minimizing the threat of drought and helping preserve the underground aquifers. You are also helping your community prepare for and navigate the rapidly changing climate.

How Can I Conserve My Water This Summer?

  1. Drought Resistant Plants

When buying new plants this summer, try to gravitate toward the ones that will require minimal water. Some drought-friendly plants include:

  • Aloe

  • Geraniums

  • Pampas Grass

  • Cacti

  • Trumpet Vine

  • Wild Lilac

  • Lavender.

These plants will continue to thrive with less water intake while providing optimal beauty!

  1. Fix Leaks

Leaky pipes may not only be detrimental to your water supply but can also be harmful to your home and wallet. If you have noticed an increase in your water bill, a wet spot on your ceiling, or a faucet that won’t stop dripping, do not hesitate to get your pipes checked. A small leak can seem insignificant at first but can cause much more significant issues in the long run.

  1. Personal Hygiene

Be sure to turn the water off during everyday activities such as brushing your teeth, shampooing your hair, or shaving. You are also wasting precious water by letting the water run the entire time you care for your hygiene. It may seem like a small amount each time, but after a while, the small amount will add up to a much larger one. Be mindful of this the next time you are tending to the care of your pearly whites!


Bonus Tip!

Invest in high-efficiency toilets. By switching to these types of toilets, you can cut your water usage in half annually. This savings translates to 15,000 to 20,000 gallons of water each year for a family of four!


Orange County Leak Detection

At Scott Harrison Plumbing and Heating, Inc., we understand the importance of water conservation. If you suspect you may have a leak, call: (714) 695-5566. Our team of trained professionals are eager to help!