California is presently in its fourth year of the worst drought on record. The lack of snowfall and rains has depleted reservoirs, lakes and natural reserves, drying up agricultural crops and land everywhere. This past week, an Executive Order was issued by Legislature to decrease water supply to the State by 25%.
You might be reading this from New York and asking yourself, “What does this have to do with me?” More than you may realize.
California has been the number one food and agricultural producer in the United States for more than fifty consecutive years. Those almonds, artichokes, lettuce and strawberries we all enjoy are just a few of the products produced by the state and in fact, over fifty percent of all agriculture in the United States comes from California. This devastating depletion of this precious resource affects not only California, but the entire country as well. Without water, farmers cannot grow, thus limiting the food supply and increasing costs overall exponentially. Forests as well become dry, thereby increasing the risk of devastating fires during the warmer months.
Aside from skipping the car wash and watering the lawn every week, we’ve provided some suggestions for how you can do your part at home.
- Hold That Flush
The average toilet in America uses around 18 gallons of water every day. Fortunately the Federal Government has regulated the gallons per flush on newer toilets so this number will likely decrease over time.
Have you ever heard the expression, “If it’s yellow let it mellow and if it’s brown flush it down”? It may seem gross, but choosing to flush the toilet only after solids appear is a great way to conserve. If you have an older model toilet, consider spending a couple hundred dollars to install a new one that meets Government efficiency standards.
- Stop Shampooing
The average shower is around eight minutes long and uses 2 gallons of water per minute. Not only is frequent shampooing damaging to your hair, you would save an average of five minutes and 10 gallons of water in the shower by skipping the suds and opting for a dry shampoo instead. For a natural solution, mix a few drops of essential oils of lemon, tea tree and lavender together and rub into your scalp. Let dry and follow with a light dusting to the roots with your favorite absorbent powder (cornstarch, arrowroot, baking soda and baby powder all work well). Let sit for two minutes then brush through to absorption. Not only is the smell wonderful, the essential oils also provide excellent nourishment for the scalp and aide in keeping oils at bay.
- Skip the Mini-Facials at the Sink
Women in particular love their facial routines and most often conduct them at the bathroom sink. Steaming with hot, washing with warm and rinsing with tepid water is all well and good, but it won’t make much difference if you do this in the shower instead. Added bonus, a cold rinse in the shower is not only great for the pores, it also seals the hair follicles on your head, locking in natural shine and has been proven to boost metabolism and helps to burn body fat.
- Consider a Cleansing Wipe
Another gross one right? Maybe not. If you aren’t spending your days sweating profusely or running vigorous marathons, chances are you aren’t as stinky as you might think. Consider skipping a day of showering every so often, and especially if you have no plans to leave the house. Freshen up with a natural cleansing wipe instead. Look for ones that contain citrus-based essential oils, which have been proven to fight bacteria and kill germs.
P.S. If you are using PuraBela deodorant regularly, you likely never have to worry about odor anyway!
- Stop Buying Bottled Water
Would you believe that 45% of all bottled water produced in California comes from its Municipal Water Supply? The other 55% comes from natural run-off which as we know has very little to spare. For a healthy and environmentally conscious at-home alternative, add three tablespoons of baking soda to every gallon of water. If you observe a low sodium diet, skip the soda and opt for lemons instead. Both methods create a higher alkalinity in the water, making it a natural cancer fighter!
- Turn off That Faucet When Brushing Your Teeth
It’s truly astounding the number of people who leave that faucet running when brushing their teeth. For every minute you are polishing your grill, 5 gallons of water goes down the drain when you don’t turn that faucet off. Twice a day brushing adds up to a whopping 70 gallons a week. Another way to think about it - 70 gallons of water is enough to sustain 560 people from dehydration for an entire month!
- Showers Over Baths
We all need a little R&R from time to time. But not only does the average soak use 50-70 gallons of water, more disgusting than that is the breeding ground for bacteria you expose yourself to when bathing in temperatures below 105 degrees. Nothing screams pH nightmare like a good old dirty bath!
8. Use Hand Sanitizer
This goes hand-in hand with tip number one about flushing. If things aren't messy, use a hand sanitizer instead of soap and water. Above all, use good judgement on this one.