Listen to this week’s radio segment here or read the transcript below. This week’s episode suggests a number of methods for Iowans to conserve water.
Water conservation is a win-win-win scenario: it helps the environment, saves you money and is easy to do.
This is the Iowa Environmental Focus.
Many people do not realize that they can save lots of water without making major changes to their lifestyle. For instance, if you don’t have a low-flush toilet, try placing three plastic containers filled with water in the toilet tank. Doing so will save a gallon of water every time you flush.
Also, consider switching to a low-flow showerhead. Standard showerheads use 4.5-gallons-per-minute, while low-flow showerheads only use 2.5. This switch would save roughly 20,000 gallons of water per year for a family of four with substantial energy savings from less hot water use.
Finally, this is a great time to create a rain barrel. Rain barrels are containers that collect rainwater that can later be used for watering around the yard. This is important since the average homeowner uses 40% of their household water in the yard during the summer.
For more information, including how to build rain barrel, visit IowaEnvironmentalFocus.org.
I’m Jerry Schnoor from the UI Center for Global and Regional Environmental Research.