Surviving Drought Conditions at Your Liv Community
Droughts have become typical in many regions of the United States. But, conserving water is something that we should all be concerned about. If everyone reduced their water consumption, local water supplies would be better safeguarded and last longer.
If you're unfamiliar with how to create a successful drought strategy for reducing water use, here are some suggestions and methods that should get you started.
Reducing the Use of Water Outdoors
Lawn care, plant watering, and automobile washing all use a lot of water. While you may avoid doing these activities, there are other options for getting them done without wasting water.
If your state is experiencing a drought, limit how often you wash your car. If it's extremely dirty or there's debris that could damage the paint, visit a low water car wash. Or if you're washing at home, wet the entire car then turn off the hose until it's time to rinse everything off.
The Challenge of Watering Plants
If you have potted plants or a vegetable garden, they will not endure dry spells without hydration. If you have an irrigation system set up, check that each valve and hose is working properly to avoid wasting water. If your garden is small enough to water by hand, try using rainwater or a reservoir from the kitchen sink to do most of it.
Keeping Your Lawn Green
Nobody wants to see brown lifeless lawns, but keeping your grass alive during a drought may be tough. Consider reseeding your yard with drought-resistant grass to save water. It will require less water to keep it green as a result of this action. Clovers are a good alternative as they are gorgeous, low maintenance, and resistant to drought.
If you're determined to water your lawn, check your sprinkler system for leaks and that all the water is hitting important parts of your lawn. Also, be careful not to overwater.
The roots of a tree can extend quite far underground, so when watering them, be sure to place the water source farther away from the trunk. Watering closer to the tree's base wastes most of the water deposited there since it will run off before reaching the roots. More water is likely to go down and be absorbed by the roots by watering further away from where the tree starts.
Water Conservation Indoors
Reducing water usage in your home is easy with a few repairs and replacements. Begin by fixing any leaks, running toilets, or dripping faucets. Even a small leak can add up to gallons of wasted water over time.
With your drought plan in action, there are other ways you can save water too. Many of these solutions are quite simple to follow through with. The rooms where it'll make the biggest difference are those that use the most water: your kitchen, bathroom, and laundry room.
Using Every Drop in Your Kitchen
You may be surprised to learn that, without realizing it, you waste a lot of water in your kitchen. Using a dishwasher rather than hand-washing dishes can save a lot of water. Even if you don't have a dishwasher, rinsing with two dishpans — one for soapy water and the other to wash — is effective.
If you must run your faucet while waiting for the water to warm up, don't let it go down the drain. Collect it in a bottle or a pail and use it to rinse dishes, make coffee, water plants, or mop the floor.
You can also utilize the water you used to cook pasta or veggies for irrigation in your garden. Your plants will benefit from the extra nutrients in your water.
Reducing Water Waste in the Bathroom
The bathroom has several tricks to help you save water. Each time you brush your teeth or shower, turn off the water to save gallons of water. If you prefer showering, consider taking short showers instead of long ones.
If your toilet has a big capacity tank, you may either replace it or fill it with a gallon bottle of water or two to reduce the amount released with each flush. This will decrease the storage capacity of your tank and the quantity discharged per flush. Consider investing in a dual-flush toilet as an alternative.
Efficient Laundry Saves Gallons
The greatest method to reduce water usage in the laundry room is to pay attention to each load of laundry. To clean all of your clothes efficiently, always use the tiniest-sized wash. If your washer does not have various load sizes available, don't put the washing machine on until you've filled it. Skipping the optional extra rinse cycle is also a good idea unless you need it.
Your Liv Community Protects the Environment
Your Liv community's team is dedicated to being eco-friendly and having little impact on the local ecosystems. They have a clever plan for surviving droughts that involves planting environmentally appropriate grass and landscaping plants that don't require much water but look great.
The Liv community strictly follows a set maintenance schedule, so every repair - whether it's a running toilet or dripping faucet - will be dealt with in a timely manner. You won't have to lift a finger here; just make a call or send an email request and we'll take care of the rest.
To learn more about how to withstand drought circumstances in your Liv community home or our commitment to being a green living environment, please contact us.