I have been to Kenya many times with conservation groups who are teaching locals and officials how to attain clean water and preserve it. It takes education to understand the threat to the population when supplies are inadequate. People everywhere, facing the same predicament, are not as concerned as they are about food crops or enemy invasions. Now is the time to face the reality of a near-crisis. After my last trip, I was gratified to see how much progress has been made. New programs are in place across the entire country.
When I got home, I felt suddenly guilty that I had not addressed the matter in my own home. I was so preoccupied with the people of Kenya that I failed to do a “water waste” audit around the house. Was I guilty myself of ignoring the need for conservation in my own country? The answer is yes. I jumped online to get as many water saving ideas as I could. The first recommendation is to upgrade your kitchen and bathroom faucets. In older homes like mine, they leak terribly. While I leave them on too long, by upgrading to a special Moen, I can stop excess flow. New models with conservation in mind regulate the flow or go off after a short period of time. If you are irritated by this, you can opt for the touchless model, so you can go about your business without stopping. Technology is great, and we can all take notice. I also love the look of their models when I was reading Moen faucet reviews. It is sleek and stylish with a bright and shiny chrome finish. The neck is just right for the size of my sink. I won’t be crashing the larger pots against the porcelain anytime soon.
Once you have addressed your faucets, you can adjust your laundry habits. This is rule number two. Running small loads is very wasteful. New washing machines are amazing. They feature a small cycle unit at the bottom. While you don’t need to rush out to the appliance store this minute, it is still a good idea to limit the loads per weak. Set your machine correctly to adjust the water fill. No need to have it on “full” when you have half a load.
Rule number three in water conservation is to get a low-flow toilet. Just like the low-flow Moen faucet, this can make a huge difference in your water consumption. There are ways to convert an old toilet yourself. Toilets that use seven gallons of water per flush can become fixtures that use under two with the installation of an “adjustable flapper,” a fill valve converter and a toilet tank bag (or plastic bottle). You can get these supplies at any hardware store or online. Just buy the right equipment for your brand, be it Moen, Pfister, American Standard or Delta. You can also buy a leak detection tablet to see if your toilet needs additional repair. It is all about saving water and you are doing your part.