California now limits all households to 100 gallons of water per day. That’s about the average used by most people, but it doesn’t allow for watering the lawn, washing the car, or any other use of water. Many other western states, facing extreme drought conditions (Arizona and neighboring regions are in the midst of a 20-year drought), are considering similar measures to limit water usage. Why? Because 60% of the water from municipal water supplies is used to water the lawn.
One easy way to save water is to install low-flow shower heads. They’re not really “low flow,” which sounds kind of anemic. They simply atomize the water into a fine mist so that you get the same results but with less water. They save water but also energy (you use less hot water).
Another option to use less water is to take a “Navy shower.” You get wet, turn the water off, soap up, then rinse off. Maximum of one minute with the water flowing. Shower with warm water, too. It’s healthier for the skin (maximum of 110 F) and doesn’t wash away all the good bacterias and oils from the skin.
Better yet: take a Navy shower with a high-efficiency showerhead.