Hauling water in a five-gallon bucket from spigot to campsite is something you expect to do on a weekend in the woods. Unfortunately, there are towns in some states facing this possibility. Water shortages are happening in many places, so if you aren’t already doing some of these perhaps you might reconsider to conserve even more water:

1. Turn off the water while you brush your teeth. You will probably save about 3 gallons per brush!

2. Run the dishwasher and laundry only with full loads. You could save as much as 75 to 200 gallons per week.

3. A filled up bathtub takes about 30 to 40 gallons, only 5 to 10 gallons are needed for a shower. And if you haven’t already done so, replace your shower head with a low flow unit. 

4. Keep a pitcher or bottle of water in the refrigerator for a cold drink instead of running the tap to get the water cold. This could save as much as 200 to 300 gallons a week.

5. Check pipes for tiny leaks. A pin-size hole can lose 2000 gallons a day. Check your water bill for usage and check the meter at the curb.

6. If you don’t have a low flow or dual flush toilet, place a plastic water bottle weighted with pebbles in the tank to use less water when flushing. A low flow toilet can reduce water use from 5 to 10 gallons to 1.6 gallons or less.

7. Find out if your city fathers are offering incentives to change your landscaping to native or non-thirsty plants. If your watering system is on a timer, reduce the time and only water at night.

8. Consider a gray water system. Our grandparents did it, perhaps we should too!

It seems like if nature does not cause a drought, government will - be prepared and thank you for reading this blog from your Roseville Home Insurance and Rocklin Home Insurance leaders!