Surprising Ways to Save Water

By Dana Courtney for Green Goes Simple

Get Two Dishes for the Price of One

When boiling a pot of water for pasta, place a steamer basket filled with veggies on top. You’re making steam, anyway, so why not use it to steam vegetables for a side dish? You’ll reduce the amount of water used to make your meal and have two dishes instead of one.


Water Plants With Leftovers

When rinsing fruit or other lightly soiled items, do so over a container in the sink. Also collect the water from drained pasta and all those half-empty water glasses. Use all this leftover H2O to give your houseplants a water-conserving drink!

Collect Water Outside

Put those rainy days to work by collecting rainwater in specialized barrels and then using it for gardening. For a fun experiment with your kids, Trask suggests creating a DIY solar-powered water distillery. It may sound scientific, but it’s actually easy!


Let the Kids Play!

Kids love playing with sprinklers and the garden hose on hot summer days. This may not always be a great use of water, but you can use it to your advantage. Have a dry patch of grass on your lawn? Put the hose or sprinkler there and let the kids frolic. Who says conservation can’t be fun?



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    Each of us depends on water for life, so I think it is our responsibility to learn more about water conservation and how we can help keep our water pure and safe for generations to come. However, it needs to be a way of life, not just something we think about once in a while.

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