Day 20/30 Less Waste Challenge: Collecting Water

Another bathroom waste? Water! Water is truly a very precious commodity. Many areas of the world know how precious water is. Even though I technically live in a desert, we rarely have a drought. Snow and rain fall are quite plentiful. All of the convenience of clean water readily in your home has made many less aware of water saving strategies. So here are a few!

In the shower

  • Don't dilly dally! I get that warm showers just feel good sometimes. And maybe on the occasion, take the longer shower. But on the reg, try to get in, get clean, and get out! Showers really shouldn't be longer than 3-5 minutes. That's plenty of time to wash your hair and body and rinse. If you want to shave, turn off the water, shave, then turn on and rinse.
  • Don't shower daily. It seems we have gotten into this habit of showering every day because we're supposed to or something? I remember my grandma would shower every other day or so and wear the same clothes a few times before laundering. She wasn't running a 5K every day nor working up a major sweat doing yard work every day. If she didn't smell or her clothes weren't dirty, she waited another day.
  • Get a bucket! While you wait for the shower to warm up, get a bucket under the water to catch it. Then use it to water your plants!


  • Turn off the faucet when you are not actively using it
  • Fill one side of the sink with water to put items in throughout the day to soak
  • Make sure there are no leaks

Washing Clothes

  • Make sure you are washing a full load
  • Wash clothes when truly dirty. You may be able to get a few wears out of an item
  • Use cool water as it reduces the need for energy

The Yard

  • Only water enough. Monitor your sprinklers and made sure they are not on too longer
  • Make sure your sprinklers are working properly. They will be more efficient.
  • Set a timer. Either on your automated system or if you are watering from a hose
  • Use drip lines. These are a more efficient way or watering plants
And last, but not least, don't flush your toilet every time. There is a saying called "If it's yellow, let it mellow. If it's brown, flush it down!" 


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