You know to turn off the sink when you're brushing your teeth and not to take showers that are too long. But there are many ways you could be wasting water without even realizing it! Here's a look:
Wasting water on your plants
If you're still watering your plants by spraying them from overhead, you're wasting water – especially if you're watering in the middle of the day. Any water that lands on the plants themselves is just going to evaporate and perhaps even scorch your plants in the process. Save water by applying water directly to the ground. Having a drip irrigation system installed can make this simpler. All you'll need to do is turn a spigot on and off to water the plants.
Overwatering is also a waste of water. Before you water your plants, feel the ground around them. If it's still moist enough to clump together in your hand, you don't need to water yet.
Using an outdated showerhead
Is your showerhead more than a few years old? Even if it still works properly and gives you a comfortable shower, it may be time to replace it with a new one. In decades past, showerheads were not made with water conservation in mind. Newer showerheads eject water with more force, so you can enjoy a nice, high-pressure shower but with less water. Replacing your showerhead only requires unscrewing the old one and screwing the new one into place, making this a task you can tackle any weeknight.
Leaky toilets often go undetected. If the leak is internal, you won't notice water on the ground around the toilet. But water will flow into the bowl and essentially cause the back of the toilet to refill itself periodically. If you hear your toilet running when nobody has flushed it in a long time, it probably has a leak.
Sometimes a toilet leak by be due to an old or worn flapper, the rubber part that fits over the main pipe in the back of the toilet. You can unhook this flapper, purchase a new one at the hardware store, and snap it into place. If this doesn't work, there may be a leak in the actual pipes in your toilet. Contact a plumber (like Assured Plumbing & Heating) to come address this issue for you.
Conserving water requires some attention to detail. Keep an eye on your watering practices, watch out for toilet leaks, and update your shower head. The earth will thank you!