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At Work: 1 Office buildings use a lot of water, too. Find out what is being done to conserve water where you work, and think about scheduling a meeting to discuss ways you and your coworkers can do more to curtail wasteful water use. 2 If possible, incorporate conservation practices into employee training programs and post ways to conserve in places like break rooms and bathrooms. 3 Although you probably don’t pay the water bill for your office directly, employ the same methods you would use to conserve water at home while at work.

With your Wallet: 1 Consider going meatless a few days a week. Livestock and the crops they eat consume vast amounts of water. It takes roughly 1,800 gallons of water to produce just one pound of beef compared to approximately 120 gallons for a pound of potatoes. 2 Invest in water-efficient appliances like an Energy Star washer. A big investment now will save money and water in the long term. 3 Buy only what you are going to eat. Whether it’s fruits and veggies or meat, wasted food means the water used to produce it goes down the drain.

In the Kitchen: 1 When washing dishing dishes, let the water do the work for you. Fill up the sink and let dirty pots and pans soak for a few minutes instead of attempting to scrub them clean with the water running. 2 Consider installing an instant water heater on your kitchen faucet so you don’t have to keep the water running as it heats up, and in the same vein, store water in the refrigerator to keep a supply of cool water for drinking on hand. 3 Garbage disposals in kitchen sinks take lots of water to do their job. Instead of letting the organic waste go down the drain, start a compost pile, which can be useful in a number of other ways.

In the Bathroom: 1 Take shorter showers or employ the tactics of the U.S. Navy by turning the water off while lathering up and shampooing, and turning the water back on to rinse off.

2 Don’t flush the toilet if it’s not

In the Yard: 1 Replace high-output sprinklers with a water efficient dripirrigation system, and water only before 10 a.m. and after 5 p.m. to reduce water being lost to evaporation.

totally necessary. Adhere to age-old adage, “If it’s yellow let it mellow and if it’s brown flush it down.”

2 Pick up a broom and sweep off the driveway and sidewalks instead of wasting water by hosing them down.

3 Install a low-flow showerhead and consider replacing your old toilet with a highefficiency model. Generous rebates and free water-saving devices are available from your neighborhood water agencies.

3 Replace portions (or all!) of your lawn and garden with drought-tolerant plants like succulents, and add a few inches of mulch to gardens and around trees to keep the water in the ground from evaporating.


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Santa Cruz Waves Aug/Sept 2015 Issue 2.2  
Santa Cruz Waves Aug/Sept 2015 Issue 2.2