Caring for the Cosmos
October 2009: Conserving Water
In Luke 12:35-48, Jesus teaches about different types of servants, distinguishing faithful and wise stewards as those who make good use of the resources God has entrusted to their care. While Christians often apply this passage to how we invest our time and money, the message also pertains to how we consume water, one of our most basic God-given resources.
Hydrating and cleansing, water is essential to life, yet Americans consume more gallons per capita than most other nations. In an attempt to avoid wasting this invaluable resource, the following list, taken from WaterUseItWisely.com, provides a few conservation tips:
- Collect rainwater in rain barrels to use for watering the lawn and garden.
- Water outdoor plants early in the morning to minimize evaporation.
- Don’t let water run while brushing teeth, shaving, or soaping up in the shower; turn on the faucet only to rinse.
- Load the washing machine and dishwasher to capacity before running.
- If replacing a washer, consider a front loading machine, which can save as many as 17 gallons per wash over top-loaders.
- Toilets installed before 1995 have unnecessarily large tanks, emptying at least 3.5 gallons of water down the drain with each flush. Reduce this amount by inserting a displacement device, such as a gallon milk jug filled with water, in older tanks.
- Showerheads can also release excessive volumes of water. If your shower fills a one-gallon bucket in less than 20 seconds, consider replacing the nozzle with a low-flow model.
- Use the water collected during the showerhead test, or water that runs while waiting for the shower to warm up for watering houseplants, rinsing recyclables, etc.
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