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Global Warming: 3 Things You Can Do To Conserve Water During a Drought

By    |   Wednesday, 20 May 2015 07:28 AM

Global warming has made droughts like the one that California is currently experiencing, worse, scientists say. While there isn't anything you can do specifically (other than pray to the gods of rain) to reverse a drought, there are ways to conserve water during one that can ultimately help reverse the effects of global warming as well.

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Here are three suggestions:

1. Native Plants

Having a beautiful green grassy yard takes a lot of water, especially if you're living in a drought prone region. Instead of planting grass, landscape with native plants that require less water to maintain.

“I have gotten rid of my lawn and the irrigation system that was necessary to sustain it. I have replaced the grass with salvias, manzanitas, and other drought-tolerant plants. Other areas of the yard I simply leave unplanted,” Cupertino, California, resident Gail Doyle told The New York Times.

2. Think Before Flushing

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There is an old saying: "If it's yellow let it mellow, if it's brown flush it down." In California, The New York Times reports, residents are taking up this mantra when it comes to flushing their toilets in an effort to conserve water during the drought. Not flushing your toilet every time you pee can save some 10 gallons of water per day if you have an older model toilet. Another option is to put in a low-flow toilet.

3. Fix Leaks

It's also important to check your appliances for leaks during a drought, as this is another source of gallons upon gallons of unnecessary water loss. The San Jose Mercury News reported that dripping faucets and leaking toilets waste an average of 30 gallons of water per day.

It is easy to check for leaks, Oliver Symones of the Contra Costa Water District told the newspaper: "Shut off all your water and go look at your water meter. If that meter's still spinning, you've got a leak."

To check for smaller leaks, Symones told the Mercury News, to turn of your water for an hour and check your meter before and after. If the number has changed, something is leaking.

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