THE EXTENDED DROUGHT challenges us to examine home water usage and find ways to conserve this precious commodity. Shorter showers, consolidated laundry and bathroom habits, and reduced irrigation are just a few routines we've examined, and one change is to redistribute excess house water to the outdoor plants, one bucket at a time. That 2-gallon bucket of initially cold shower water once went down the drain, but we now capture and transfer it outside to nourish dry garden plants. Every little bit helps!
By monitoring our sidewalk meter we adjust our daily water use to stay within desirable consumption rates. The monthly utility bill reports our consumption, but that's too late to modify behavior. Since every cubic foot of water saved is 7.48 gallons, paying attention to the SMALL numbers will keep us under the mandatory water cuts and avoid BIG fines for noncompliance.