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3/2/09 1:34 A

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I live in San Diego (=desert) and everyone has a lawn and complains about Nor Cal won't share it's water. (and the 2 days a year when it rains and their feet get wet)
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My Dad, in Nor Cal, has been on drought watch for months.

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1/22/09 8:12 A

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WOW! I was completely unaware just how much water was wasted on things like leaky pipes! For something that can be easily fixed, that is such a waste!

I have often seen excessive use of water for landscaping. I have even seen sprinklers on when it is raining because they are on timers. It is really upsetting to me. A waste of money for the company and a waste of our precious resources. Everyone should want it to change whether for the money or for the Earth!

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1/13/09 5:08 P

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We're in the process of installing barrels under our downspouts to collect rainwater to water our garden with this spring and summer.
Thanks for the other great ideas. We have a well, instead of city water, so we are always on the lookout for ways to conserve water.

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1/11/09 6:17 P

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Thanks for all the great ideas, everyone! I love the idea of showering with houseplants! I've been taking "navy showers" lately to see if it lowers my water bill. And personally, I think all lawn/golf course watering should illegal.

P.S. I LOVE my front loader washing machine!!

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1/10/09 12:05 P

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Yes, the sprinklers during the rain are also one of my pet peeves.....

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1/10/09 11:09 A

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My toilet tank sweats terribly in winter so I put tight fitting pieces of styrofoam from packaging after Christmas in around the sides of the tank to take up room of some water and insulate the tank so it doesn't sweat anymore. Works wonderfully!

I love my britta filter pitcher. There's so much chlorine in my water. I think that's what made my blood pressure go down, getting the chlorine out of my diet.

I take warm, not hot, showers and plug the tub occasionally to give my plants a soak right in the tub. Let the water out and leave the plants to drain.



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1/9/09 12:34 P

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or also when they automatically turn on and water when it is RAINING. what a waste! should be illegal to water your lawn while it's raining.

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1/9/09 12:32 P

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The cat drinks the residual water in the bottom of the tub after I shower - does that count? LOL

One of my big water pet peeves around here is businesses and homes with automatic sprinklers that aren't adjusted correctly and end up watering the sidewalks and streets (and of course watering in the middle of the day when it's hottest). Our city has finally put a watering schedule into effect, and people are getting ticketed for watering lawns or washing cars when it's not their water day, so I guess that helps a little.

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1/9/09 11:45 A

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My DH and I do the double shower when our schedules cross, but that's not often.

I've also tried on single showers having a bucket in the shower and using the water it collects to water plants or soak stains.

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1/9/09 10:25 A

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Yes, you did. and thank you for that!

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1/9/09 9:21 A

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glad i gave you a little laugh this morning :-)

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1/9/09 9:15 A

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Mainerocks,

You are evil! LOL I did chuckled and my mind did go to the gutter! LOL

My partner and I have very different schedules, but when we are home at the same time (the shower time) we do shower together. well, sometimes takes longer (LOL) but usually we do as you suggested..

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1/9/09 9:11 A

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I'll add one... shower in pairs! :-) After you finish chuckling and get your mind out of the gutter... ;-) Showering is one of the biggest water usages in our household so we always shower together, thereby cutting it almost in half. One soaps while one rinses and we save a whole lot of H20 that way.

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1/9/09 1:21 A

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WINETART, in fact I saw the article on the magazine and got the link so I could post. But here go the tips…

1. DRINK TAP WATER – Bottled water not only costs a thousand times more than tap, but it takes almost three liters of water to produce one liter bottled water.
2. LEAVE TO NATURE – The largest share of residential water usage – by far – goes to watering our lawns. So what’s the easiest way of cutting water consumption? Buy a rain sensor and let nature do its job. This can cut your watering needs up to 30 percent.
3. BE CREATIVE – Xeriscaping is a term that means planting native species that don’t require additional watering. By doing so , you can save up to 75 percent of the water you would typically use for watering your lawn and garden.
4. MEASURE CORRECTLY – About a third of our country’s drinking water is used to brew coffee, and a lot of that goes to waste when we pour out what’s left in the pot. If every household measured more accurately and saved just a cup of water each time, America would conserve about 7 million gallons of water a day. We would also save the 259 million gallons that would have been used to grow the wasted coffee beans.
5. Wash Smartly – Buy front loading washing machines. They use 40 to 60 percent less water than traditional top loading ones. When it comes to the dishwasher, don’t pre-rinse, and use the machine only when it’s full. This can save you 7,300 gallons of water a year, or, put another way, as much as a person typically drinks is his lifetime.
6. SACRIFICE A LITTLE – It takes about 17 times as much water to produce beef than vegetables. Swap one serving of meat a week and you can save more than 450 gallons of water.
7. DRIVE THROUGH – A commercial car wash uses nearly 100 gallons less per wash than had washing. And the facilities often recycle the water they use.
8. TAKE UP SPACE – Put a brick in your toilet tank to reduce the amount of water used per flush by around one gallon.
9. EAT RIGHT – Buy more whole foods such as vegetables, rice and potatoes. Processed foods and drinks (Chips, pre made meals, soft drinks) take a lot more water to produce than those that come from the farm.


The tips I typed directly from the article.

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1/8/09 12:17 P

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Wow! Thanks for posting. I live in a "high desert" area, so water is precious, but there were some things there I hadn't thought about. I am working on making my lawn less water-dependent - hopefully this year I will get some drought-resistant grass planted!

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1/8/09 10:12 A

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This is one area where I could really make improvements in my life.

We haven't made an investment in low flow showerheads and low flow toilets, etc.

We try not to waste water in other ways, i.e. using left over drinking water for pet water and plants, etc. But the shower and toilets would be huge improvements.

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1/8/09 9:51 A

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For water usage outside around your house, water your lawn in the morning and if you can, use a drip system as much as possible. These are usually installed underground and water very slowly, but less water is wasted that way. Most yards only need watered once or twice a week, anything more is wasteful. Also, look in your area for plants that are drought tolerant and need less water.

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1/8/09 9:42 A

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Very interesting article. After a year on two Green teams here on SP, one of the things I have learned is to think about my water usage way more... but I hadn't really contemplated the big picture.

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1/8/09 8:59 A

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This article is really food for thought. Could you post some of the tips mentioned for reducing your water footprint? I couldn't seem to find them because the article just ended. Maybe I need to be a subscriber to Best Life to see the entire thing?

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1/8/09 8:51 A

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That is interesting. My DH works in landscaping and he is always trying to get people to cut down their water usage. We live in a desert type area and it is a big deal.

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Everybody is used to hear the expression "carbon footprint", but a new one is coming about. I saw this article and found it very interesting. Although I try to conserve water, the article showed me aspects I hadn't thought before.

www.bestlifeonline.com/cms/publish/h
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