Conserving Water in an Emergency

In case of an emergency, use these methods of water conservation to save water in your home.

  • Savings small amounts of water all over your home can dd up to make a big difference during and emergency.
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  • “The Penny-Pinching Prepper” by Bernie Carr makes it easy to prepare for any emergency on a budget.
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The Penny-Pinching Prepper (Ulysses Press, 2015) by Bernie Carr helps readers prepare for an emergency without breaking their bank. Carr walks his readers through DIY projects, storm shelter building, and more all on a budget to make sure that anyone can afford to be prepared for an emergency. In the following excerpt, he explains the best ways to conserve water in an emergency.

According to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, the average family of four uses 400 gallons of water per day. Using the toilet entails the heaviest consumption, followed by bathing, doing laundry, washing dishes, and finally, drinking and cooking.

It’s a good idea to conserve water every day, but it is crucial to save water during an emergency. Repair water leaks as soon as possible. If water is scarce, you will need to use every opportunity to minimize your usage. Here are a few tips to save water every day.

Toilet and Bathroom

• Place a brick or soda bottle in the corner of the toilet tank to displace some of the water needed to flush.

• Do not run the faucet while brushing your teeth.

• While waiting for the shower to warm up, collect the cold water in a 5-gallon bucket and use it for watering plants or cleaning.

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Putting a brick in the toilet tank is a really bad idea. It's designed to use a certain amount of water to efficiently flush away waste. You run the risk of a clogged drain and not actally flush the poop. Instead get a toilet with a double flush, one small for pee and a large for poop. Depending on the design of the toilet it can be enough to just replace the tank. If you want to save water on the toilet it's better to think along the lines of composting toilets.

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