Drought is not seasonal in most of the world and water is becoming increasingly scarce within the United States as well. What does this mean for the average person? It means that conserving water and not wasting should be something everyone considers every day.
The solution? Shower together! A brilliant answer to a difficult problem, don’t you think? Ask any child in your household this question, “Wanna shower with the dog?” The answer will be a resounding, “YES!”
Harry the pug is often seen showering with various members of our family. He is not fond of showering in general, you can usually tell by how his ears sag miserably and his tail straightens out. His body looks like a frown. I know what he is thinking, “I hate you. I hate water. I hate blueberry shampoo.” The kiddo, however, is delighted to share shower water and create an instant dog-wash at the same time.
Harry the pug (the one with the straight tail and pitiful eyes) and the youngest kiddo (the one with the bruised up legs and extra white untanned feet) conserving water together in the shower.
There are many other ways to conserve water around the home besides showering together, below are my top five tips:
1. Utilize water saving toilets and shower heads.
2. Do not let the water run when you are brushing your teeth or shaving.
3. Plant drought tolerant plants in your garden to reduce water needs.
4. Use the dishwasher and clothes washer only for full loads.
5. When you are waiting for the water to get warm in the shower, place a bucket under the shower head to fill. Water plants inside or outside the home with this extra water. Toss any leftover water outside in the grass so it goes back to the water table instead of going through the storm sewer system.
In my family we often discuss water conservation. Why? Because if you do not discuss it at home with your children, how are they going to learn about water conservation? When you have a giant perennial garden which is hundreds of feet long you might spend your entire summer watering unless you plant the garden with conservation as a consideration. Also, our community, Warrenville, Illinois, takes its water from the water table instead of Lake Michigan, like many suburban communities do. Chemical use can destroy the water table and too much residential and commercial use can lower the water table before it is replenished by rain. Therefore, water conservation is critical to our community.
It is easy to teach your family to conserve water. My children are the first ones to “fill up the bucket” for water conservation and help our community help itself. Choose one of my favorite tips above and get started being environmentally friendly and conservation conscience today!
Are you surprised to learn that Harry the pug, the water conserving shower-hater, would be perfectly satisfied if he never had another shower ever again? One look at his face in the below photo and his opinion is crystal clear.
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