How To Conserve Water In Your Own Backyard

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There are so many reasons you should be worried about our water, it’s hard even knowing where to begin. As the population continues to grow, climate change continues to suck up water at alarming rates, and we humans continue to pollute the little amount of water we’ve already got. It’s easier than ever to admit: we’ve got a big water conservation problem.

While the issues we face are serious for us even now, they will be even worse later, says research from Environmental Magazine.

Fortunately, you can get rid of outdoor water waste by following some simple tips. They give their top tips for seriously lowering the water usage in your backyard.

• When you water plants, use water gathered from a rain harvesting system.

• Replace your lawn with native plants. Choose ones that can withstand natural rainfall.

• Get a soil moisture sensor so you don’t overwater your garden.

• Use a rain sensor so that your sprinklers don’t start circulating when it’s raining already.

• Choose the morning to water plants so the water enters the plants and doesn’t get evaporated too quickly.

• Manually water your lawn with a hose instead of a sprinkler. This allows you to better watch the amount of water you’re really using.

Leaks amount to 10 percent of your water usage. But when leaks are in underground pipes, that makes them even tougher to uncover. The researchers suggest four ways to uncover a leak in your home below:

• Look for water damage.

• If you find a deficient flapper valve on your toilet, just put some drops of food coloring into the toilet tank and watch if the color flows into the bowl.

• Turn off all water appliances in your home and examine the water meter. If it changes, you know there’s a leak somewhere.

• Be wary of unusual spikes in your water bill. If it goes up dramatically despite no change in your water usage habits, you might have a leak.

Always remember to consult your physician or chiropractor before taking any health advice.

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