If you’re paying attention to current events, then you’ll know that California is currently undergoing one of its worst droughts in history. Browsing Whole Foods recently, I couldn’t find spinach anywhere. I kindly asked an employee, and she told me that they were having trouble getting in enough supply because of the droughts in California. Up until this point, the events had felt far removed from my East Coast life, but now the truth started to set in.
The problem with droughts is that you don’t know you’re in one until the effects hit. The California government, for the first time ever, is putting mandates in place to regulate citizens’ water use. It’s really about what you do leading up to a drought, but they want to ensure future safety. What California has come to discover, and what we can all take a lesson from, is that their water consumption was outrageously over the top, impractical, and irresponsible.
There are so many ways to conserve water. You can set out rain barrels to collect water for your garden, turn the faucet off when you’re brushing your teeth, or shorten the time you spend showering; but today, I want to address another means that I recently discovered and am absolutely infatuated with.
It has to do with your toilet. Yup. You may not know it, but these little culprits are the #1 water consumers in your home. If you have a toilet made between 1980-1994, then your home uses an average of 11,000 gallons of water each year. How insane is that?
Newer constructions are often outfitted with efficient models, but I beg to say that most of us don’t have one of those. Each time we flush, our toilet unnecessarily wastes gallons of water and it’s so easy to avoid. All you have to do is lift up the back lid and set in something to displace the water. This can be an old milk jug filled with water, a big rock… you name it. I recently discovered an amazing product called… Drop-A-Brick that gets the job done while also donating proceeds back to California drought relief. Here’s a little line from their website that really hits home, “Drop-A-Brick conserves about half a gallon per flush – an average of 3,000 gallons a year for the average household. If everyone in California used one, the state would save 6 billion gallons in just 90 days – enough water for 32 million people to drink for an entire year.”
Whether you decide to purchase a Drop-A-Brick, or simply place a homemade object in the back of your toilet, you’ll be doing the world a huge favor. This is by far one of the easiest and most efficient ways to conserve water in your home.
P.S. if you have a minute to watch the Drop-A-Brick promo video, I highly suggest it ;)
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