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Save Our Water

By Lisa Valente, M.S., R.D., May 26, 2015 - 12:55pm

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Water and our everyday habits are inextricably connected. With 2014 being California’s fourth driest year on record, there’s a renewed focus on this precious resource. Here are some easy ways you can help conserve at home.

Load the Dishwasher
Most newer, efficient dishwashers use much less water than washing by hand; make sure it’s full to get the most out of your water.

Use It Twice
When you rinse produce, save the water to put on your plants.

Xeriscape
Design your landscape to reduce the need for water. Try drought-tolerant plants like cacti, and herbs that need less water, such as sage and thyme.

Good to the Last Drop
Use a rain barrel to collect water for your garden.

Check for Efficiency
Consider upgrading fixtures and appliances, such as toilets and washing machines, to water-efficient models.

Take It Outside
Compost instead of using the garbage disposal (you’ll save water and reduce food waste).

Community Question: How do you conserve water at home? Tell us what you think below.

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Lisa Valente, M.S., R.D.
Lisa Valente is EatingWell’s digital nutrition & news editor. She is a Registered Dietitian and completed her master’s degree in Nutrition Communication at Tufts University. She loves tasting all the recipes from the Test Kitchen and geeking out over nutrition science. Follow along on Instagram and Twitter @LisaDValente

Lisa asks: Community Question: How do you conserve water at home?

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