While we are planning and preparing for Turkey Day, I thought I would include some simple ways to save water in the kitchen. These tips can help you reduce your personal water use, save money (just in time for the busy holiday season!) and help take some of the stress off your local aquifer. For the KC Aquifer, the biggest source of water use is domestic, or home use. If everyone who lived in the KC aquifer cut back their daily use even by 20 gallons, we could see a large reduction in the amount of water withdrawn from the aquifer each day.
Some easy ways to save water in the kitchen-
- Turn the tap off while scrubbing dishes, then turn it back on to rinse. This can save you about 11,000 gallons of water a year!
- Reuse water when you can. For example, if you used water to defrost food, dump that water on your houseplants. You will give the water another use, and reduce the amount of potable water wasted.
- Replace or upgrade water using appliances with EPA Watersense brands. For more information on the EPA Watersense Program, check out their website: _. This can save you 15,000-30,000 gallons a year!
- Compost vegetable waste instead of dumping it down the garbage disposal. Compost is yard and vegetable waste that breaks down and becomes healthy dirt for your vegetable garden. Green Action Centre has a great website for more information on how to compost: _
- Install faucet aerators on all sinks. Faucet aerators can be found at any hardware store and are easy to install. They help you cut back on water use while maintaining a steady water flow. Each aerator can save you 7,600 gallons of water per faucet!
So, while you prepare for this time of gratitude and reflection, please consider reducing your daily water consumption and reflecting on additional ways to cut back water use. Even small changes can have a huge impact!
Don't forget to sign the 20 gallon challenge to show your commitment to water conservation and the Kirkwood-Cohansey Aquifer!