California is in its fifth year of drought and you want to do your part to help conserve water. That’s great! But how? Well, there are some pretty simple things you can do that will go a long way to help conserve this precious resource.

1. Turn off the tap while brushing your teeth

Water comes out of your tap at an average of 2.5 gallons per minute. If you brush your teeth for four minutes a day, that’s 10 gallons! Turn your water off and save!

2. Turn the water off while you are washing your hands

Speaking of the sink, approach washing your hands the same way you do brushing your teeth. Wet your hands then turn off the water while you lather soap up and lather. When it’s time to rinse, turn the water back on. It might seem like just a little bit of water, but if everyone does it, it adds up fast.

3. Find and fix your leaks

Make it a DIY project or call a plumber. Fixing leaks will not only save water, it will also help you to save money on your water bill.

4. Re-use your pasta cooking liquid

You do not need to dump all that water down the drain. Drain the hot water into a large pot instead. Once it cools (plants don’t like hot water), use it to water your plants. Just be sure not to use the water until it cools as hot water can damage your plants.

5. Take your ride to the car wash

If your car is filthy, sooner or later you are going to have to get it cleaned. Rather than do it yourself, take it to a place that recycles its water!

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