Conserving water is more than taking short showers or abandoning your lawn’s sprinkler system—though both options are great ideas. Water conservation can be as simple as not wasting food. According to the National Resources Defense Council, “We wouldn’t run the shower for 104 minutes, but that’s how much water it takes to make a pound of chicken.” Agriculture in the U.S. accounts for 80 percent of the water consumed in this country, but we can each do our part to preserve this vital natural resource. Here are some easy ways to incorporate water conservation into your daily routine.
Buy Only the Food You Need When You Need It.
Buying more than you or your family can consume sets you up for potential waste. Meal planning can help focus in on the exact ingredients and quantities of food you’ll need each week.
Eat It or Freeze It.
Don’t let leftovers fall by the wayside, especially since they make the perfect lunch. Most cooked and raw foods freeze quite well. Freeze unused portions of a meal for a future dining experience or have a weekly “kitchen sink” feast where dinner is a collection of that week’s leftovers. We suggest you section your food into portions before freezing it to make thawing individual servings that much easier.
Eat Lower on the Food Chain.
The animals used to produce both meat and dairy often eat diets heavy in corn and soybeans—both grains require an extraordinary amount of water to grow. Counter the excessive water usage in the meat and dairy industry by making Meatless Mondays a weekly event in your home. The more meat- and dairy-free meals we all consume, the better for the environment and the conservation of water.
Grow Your Own.
Mass farming operations use a ton of water for their crops. Try cultivating your own produce in your yard or start an indoor garden. Begin with the easy stuff that doesn’t require a ton of attention, like lettuces, tomatoes and cucumbers.
Keep It Fresh.
Many fruits and vegetables have a short shelf life, which makes buying in bulk complicated unless you plan to freeze unused portions. Produce often requires refrigeration or a cold environment like a cellar. For additional information on how to store fruits, vegetables, meat and dried goods, head here. Looks aren’t everything, so don’t give up on produce just because it isn’t crisp anymore. Produce doesn’t have to look brand-new to still be fresh enough to eat.
Get A Reusable Water Bottle.
Plastic water bottles are the ultimate convenience until you learn “it takes 24 gallons of water to make 1 pound of plastic.” Do better by yourself and the environment by purchasing a reusable water bottle. Be sure to refill your water bottle from your Delta beverage faucet.
Once You’ve Checked Yourself, Check Your Home.
Managing your food consumption is a vital step, as is improving water usage in the home. There are endless water conservation benefits of having the best faucets possible. Make sure your faucets don’t drip, and fix the ones that do leak immediately. Update old faucets with modern equipment. For kitchen sinks, Delta DIAMOND Seal Technology uses a patented design to reduce leak points in your faucet. In the bathroom, faucets and showers with the WaterSense label use 20 percent less water than industry standard. Bathrooms are another area of your home that could use special attention when it comes to water conservation. In particular, the toilet where leaks aren’t always obvious and can often be silent. According to the EPA, “the average family can save 13,000 gallons of water and $130 in water costs per year by replacing all old, inefficient toilets in their home….” Remedy the situation and improve water conservation by replacing your toilet. Delta toilets feature the exclusive SmartFit tank-to-bowl connection reducing potential leak points.
Humans and technology can all do their part.
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