Five ways you can conserve water

As the Engineers Without Borders chapter of Utah State University, our domestic team works on projects to bring water to the Navajo Mountain community in Southern Utah. Water is crucial for both agricultural and day-to-day use in their community. Because the state of Utah is currently experiencing a drought, we want to help you conserve water and aid your community by wasting less of this crucial resource.

Eat less meat
Studies have show that eating meat one day less a week can conserve a great amount of water. People all over America are taking part in a campaign called meatless Mondays to help cut down on the amount of meat consumption. The campaign is centered around cutting meat out of all your meals on Mondays and replacing it with vegetarian options. Want to take part in meatless Mondays? Visit this website for recipe ideas.

Cut down on coffee consumption
We all need our caffeine fix from time to time. However, the beans in your cup of coffee take a large amount of water to produce, ship, and dispose of. This means coffee has one of the biggest water footprints when it comes to caffeinated drinks. By cutting down on your coffee consumption and choosing tea instead, you'll be helping to conserve water.

Take shorter showers
Every now and then, a long hot shower is just the right thing to take you out of your funk and feel all warm and fuzzy inside. It's important to not make long showers a habit, though. If you struggle with taking long showers and want to cut down, set a timer on your phone or play music and give yourself a song limit. This is something where cutting down each shower by just a few minutes can go a long way.

Make conscious car washing decisions
By going to car washes that recycle their wash water or that have a self serve option, you can make a big contribution in the water conservation effort. The high-pressure hoses at the self serve car washes use a considerably less amount of water. Also be sure to turn off whatever hose your using when you're not actively washing or rinsing your vehicle.

Switch your showerhead
According to the state of Utah's Division of Water Resources Conservation program, making the switch to an ultra low-flow showerhead can save up to 2.5 gallons of water every minute you shower. This is an easy fix and these types of showerheads can be found at any department store.


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