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Global Warming: 3 Things You Should Stop Doing To Conserve Water During a Drought

By    |   Wednesday, 20 May 2015 07:58 AM

California is experiencing its worst drought on record, and many scientists argue it is the result of global warming. While there is not anything you can do, beyond praying for the rain gods to deliver water, to reverse a drought once it has begun, there are a number of things you should stop doing in order to conserve water during a drought.

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Here are three suggestions:

1. Cut Back on Watering

Having a beautiful green grassy yard take a lot of water, especially if you're living in a drought prone region. Watering for just 10 minutes with 20 sprinklers, for instance, typically uses some 300 gallons of water. Much of this waste is also unnecessary with residents either watering too often or losing water due to sprinklers hitting the sidewalk rather than the grass.

"When their sprinklers run, it's equivalent to 20 showers going off at once," Peter Brostrom, a water efficiency expert at the state Department of Water Resources, told the San Jose Mercury News.

2. Don't Have a Traditional Grass Lawn

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Landscaping accounts for about 50 percent of residential water use in California, but there are ways to have beautifully landscaped grounds without using much water. Consider planting native plants that require less water to maintain and instead of lots of grass, keep things tidy with xeriscaping.

“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.

3. Stop Flushing Every Time You Use the Toilet

You've heard that saying right? "If it's yellow let it mellow, if it's brown flush it down?" Well, in California, The New York Times reports, residents are taking this toilet flushing mantra seriously in an effort to conserve water during the drought. Not flushing your toilet every time you go No. 1 can save some 10 gallons of water per day if you have an older model toilet. Another option, if you prefer to flush every time, is to put in a low-flow toilet. It will still waste some water, however.

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