Why is water conservation important? To keep up the quality of our drinking water comes to mind. You may not think that reducing your watering can affect your drinking water, but it can and has. Don’t look so skeptical. A measure has passed that will add vastly inferior ground water to the San Francisco water supply.

According to the SFGATE, “Most city spigots, which, since the 1930s, have gushed water from Yosemite’s pristine Hetch Hetchy Reservoir, will start delivering the Sierra supply blended with a splash of local groundwater — by many measures, a far inferior source.”

The city is thinking of adding 10-15% ground water to the drinking water supply. It would seem that we should be looking at ways to cut usage by 10-15% instead of adding water to the supply. Simply by switching from standard irrigation systems to low flow systems, we could easily cut that amount of water usage. Of course, we aren’t going to be able to do this unless there is a large scale adoption of low flow systems.

There are plenty of other things you can do in your daily life that will help stem the need for ground water. Here’s a short list of things you can do:

  • Only run your dishwasher and clothes washer when they are completely full.
  • Soak your pots and pans instead of running water to clean them.
  • Use a single cup for drinking water throughout the day.
  • Compost your vegetable waste instead of putting it down the garbage disposal.
  • Wash your vegetables in a pot instead of under running water. Use the water in the bowl for plants when you are done.
  • Keep a pitcher of water in your refrigerator instead of running the tap until it’s cold.
  • Keep your showers down to 5 minutes and shut it off while lathering your hair.
  • Turn off your sink when you are brushing your teeth to save several gallons of water.

For even more ways to save water in your day to day activities, look at this indoor water conservation guide.