With California facing a drought, the call for making water conservation efforts at private residences has been getting louder. While some residents of the wealthiest neighborhoods have chosen to ignore opportunities for conserving water, others are taking steps to help ensure the state continues to have plenty of clean drinking water without having to sacrifice their luxurious lifestyle. In fact, according to The Hollywood Reporter, Jamie Lee Curtis has been living a drought-tolerant lifestyle ever since the 1970s. If you are interested in doing your part to help ease the state’s water burden while still enjoying your life to the fullest, here are a few tips to keep in mind.
Tip #1: Choose the Right Landscaping
With the help of the right landscaping, you can significantly reduce the amount of water that you need to keep your yard looking beautiful. Hardscaping with rock and other non-plant features is a great way to make your yard look attractive without needing water to maintain it. Selecting drought tolerant plants will also allow you to add the color that you desire without needing to water your plants on a regular basis. Consult with a professional landscape architect to create a look that you can love without needing a great deal of water.
Tip #2: Irrigate Wisely
Even if you decide to keep a lush lawn and flowers that are not so drought tolerant, you can help reduce water use by installing a new sprinkler irrigation system that sprays the water out with less force. Not only will this help to conserve water, but it also helps get more water on the plants because less of the water evaporates or blows away. Drip irrigation systems, which put the water directly on the plant’s roots, also helps to reduce water use without sacrificing the amount of water that actually reaches the plant.
Tip #3: Install Water Saving Devices in the Home
There are many high-end faucets, showerheads, toilets and other features that are now designed with water conservation in mind. Low-flow toilets and showerheads can cut your water usage in half. Another option is to use a composting toilet, which does not require any water at all. Newer washing machines and dishwashers also use less water than newer models, so give your appliances an upgrade for a whole new look that also helps to conserve water.
Tip #4: Recycle Water
Recycling water can also help you get the most out of the water that you have. Gray water, which is waste water that is treated and cleaned, can be used to water your gardens and lawn. Instead of allowing water to run down your drain, consider installing a system that collects and cleans the water so it can be reused for other purposes. While installing such a system will require some upfront costs, it will pay off in the long run with the water that you save.
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