WATER CONSERVATION is a constant concern these days -- just check the daily news. The continuing drought has spawned serious speculation and concern, so much that we now face mandatory cutbacks with penalties for noncompliance.

Shower head with flow restricter

Shower head with flow restricter

We've been asked to conserve another 24% which means restricting indoor use, outdoor irrigation, and using our precious water wisely.  But what are the numbers specifically?  Our water meter tracks every gallon (actually, cubic feet) and this number is recorded monthly.  By checking the meter frequently I've learned what's been used so we can modify our habits accordingly.

Sidewalk water meter

Sidewalk water meter

Each cubic foot indicates 7.48 gallons have been consumed.  Thus, a 4-minute shower uses 15 gallons, flushed toilet 2 gallons, washing machine 20 gallons, dishwasher 6 gallons, while landscape irrigation uses 60 gallons. (Note: your mileage may vary)  Understanding the numbers helps examination and modification of old habits.  How frequent?  How long?  How necessary?

Two gallon bucket

Two gallon bucket

A bucket in the shower and bowl in the kitchen sink collect rinse water for distribution in the garden.  We check for leaks, restrict irrigation, washing, and take shorter showers -- all part of our conservation effort to get through this crisis.  How are we doing?  I'll keep checking the numbers.

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AuthorRich Monroe