Lorie — Fort Bragg
When I was 10 years old, 55 years ago, I felt strongly that fresh water was a finite resource. Also that the human population was rapidly outgrowing the limited supply. It seemed like in my lifetime it would become a critical issue and that therefore I should never have children. Since that time I have tried to be conscious every time I turn on the tap and never take it for granted.
John — Hayward
I always behave as if we are in a drought because this is a desert area and droughts have become more common. My everyday water usage is a bit under 14 gallons. My landscaping is green but drought tolerant, so I don’t have to water it at all. When I take a shower I get wet, soap up, turn off the shower to rinse off only. I flush my toilet only when necessary and have installed toilets that require 1.1 gallons per flush. I avoid turning the tap volume too high, limiting the volume to only what is necessary to accomplish the task. When washing my car I use a spray bottle with soap for the wash, and then a spray bottle with just water for the rinse. This allows me to wash my car with less than two cups of water. I do not find these measures to be at all onerous and am constantly looking for new ways to conserve water.
Howard — San Francisco
I save water by using liquid soap. If I need to wash my hands or take a shower I don’t need to wet myself before I use the soap. And then I only have to turn on the water in order to rinse.
Dave — Berkeley
I do two major things, I stop up my shower and let the water build up and bail it out with kitty litter plastic containers — empty ones of course. I use that water carefully (you can learn how to do this very easily in a couple of minutes) to flush the toilet. The other thing I do is not for everyone perhaps, but for truck drivers it’s a long habit of urinating into wide-mouth soda bottles, so you don’t have to flush every time you urinate or leave acidic urine water in the toilet for days which harms the porcelain.
Anonymous — Berkeley
Guess what? I don’t take showers. I save waters by not taking showers, and I don’t have a lawn. Berkeley, Emeryville and parts of Oakland, people don’t water grass. Bacteria are killed by the nice little microbes on the body, so you don’t have to take showers.
Steven — San Francisco
You’re asking the wrong question. Instead of asking if I’m still taking short showers and skipping on watering plants to save a few gallons, which I am, ask what the builders of tall towers are doing to save water. And is that our incentive? I save water so that more mammoth buildings can be crowded into our cities?