3 Ways to Conserve Water at Home

When I was younger growing up in a developing country, my parents and grandparents always reprimanded me when I was wasting water- whether for showering, drinking or watering plants. There were days that we ran out of water when a major typhoon came.  

Fast forward years later in California, I still remember what my elderly taught me. With the rainy season in the Bay Area and water that always flows out of the faucet, taking water for granted is easy. However, the US government weather forecaster sees drought likely returning to parts of California this year, so it is high time that we instill in our lives how to conserve water on a daily basis. At home,  here are the top 3 ways I save this precious resource: 

1. Wash kitchen items by hand instead of the dishwasher. This makes dishes, pots and pans squeaky clean as well as conserve electricity. 

2. Turn off the faucet while brushing teeth. 

3. When I'm taking a bubble bath, I save some of the water and later use it to get rid of the soap suds after I scrub down the bathtub. 

For this endeavor, I'm glad to be collaborating with the California Water Service and North American Association for Environmental Education on a free program, the Cal Water H2O Challenge, that would teach kids how to care for H20. The students of participating classrooms initiate, develop, and implement a 4 to 8 week-long project (or longer at teacher discretion), focusing on caring for water. This class-based project explores water as a global resource and as a local resource, while tackling a local water problem in an individual and community-based goal.

Final registration closes at the end of the month of January 2018.  Learn more about the challenge, access the resource center, and read the FAQ section at Cal Water H2O Classroom Challenge.

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