Save water, collect water, change the rules

Thanks to readers for weighing in with their own water conservation ideas! Here are a few. I’ll continue to post these periodically as the drought continues.

Delilah Davalos: “When we start a shower, we take the detachable shower head and let the water warming up for the shower into a heavy-duty (Rubbermaid) 14-quart pail. Just this morning I filled the pail with water… almost to the brim, especially on colder mornings. We then use the water from the pail to either pour into the washing machine for the next wash, use for watering the house or garden plants, or pour into toilets to flush. I certainly feel more people can also do this.”

Jim Marsh: ”Though we haven’t had much rain to fill them, the old fashioned rain barrel should make a comeback as a water conservation device. All I had handy this weekend for a little experimenting was a few small containers so I improvised with them and put ones under just my backyard downspouts. Each 3-gallon bucket filled surprisingly quickly even during the lightest shower periods. The water went onto my struggling raised bed vegetables, my fruit trees and potted plants.”

Fleener Richards: “Change the building code… New homes still use wasteful water tanks that continuously cycle every time a demand for hot water is needed in the home… For years, hot water has been routed through cold concrete slab floors. This acts as an instant cooler of hot water to the source. My idea is to reroute all plumbing through insulated walls to retain the heat in the pipes for a longer duration. I have also suggested replacing the energy wasting inefficient water tank in the homes they’re building today. “

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