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7 quirky ways to conserve water

editor's picks

August 2014

Written by
Lauren Hunsberger

Editor's Picks

Water photoPlaying in or on the water is an important part of life in the Pacific Northwest, but so is conserving our resources. Below you’ll find some weird, wacky and useful ways to help preserve one of our area’s most precious assets.


Reuse leftover water from cooked or steamed foods to start a nutritious soup; it’s one more way to get eight glasses of water a day.


If you accidentally drop ice cubes, don’t throw them in the sink. Drop them in a houseplant instead.


Time your shower to keep it under five minutes. You’ll save up to 1,000 gallons per month.


Plug the sink instead of running the water to rinse your razor and save up to 300 gallons a month.


Adjust your lawn mower to the height of 1.5 to 2 inches. Taller grass shades roots and holds soil moisture better than short grass.


Don’t water your lawn on windy days when most of the water blows away or evaporates.


When you give your pet fresh water, don’t throw the old water down the drain. Use it to water your trees or shrubs.

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