Water conservation is part of the Prepper’s Lifestyle

One of the most important rules out of any prepper handbook is conservation. Whether it’s rationing your food storage to survive longer or knowing when and when not to use portable electricity, conserving is of vital importance for surviving on less for a longer period of time. To that end, we’ve put together a few tips to get you started on the road to self-sustainability.

Helpful tips to conserve water use in your home

  • A good place to start is by doing the Well Prepared Water Shortage Challenge, in which you attempt to survive on one gallon of water per person per day (the FEMA recommended minimum) to see how much water you actually use and therefore how much you should store.
  • Make sure your pipes are well insulated so you don’t have to wait as long for hot water from your faucet or shower. You might also want to consider an instant water heater.
  • Make sure your fixtures, tanks, and other water dispensing objects are not leaking and are water-efficient. Faucet Aerators control the stream and reduce splashing as your water comes out of the tap, water-flow reducers help you use less water at a time, low-flow toilets have more efficient tanks…you get the idea. Other objects you’ll want to check into are more efficient shower heads, dishwashers, and washing machines.
  • Defrost meat in the microwave or refrigerator instead of running water
  • Rinse or cool foods like fruits or hard-boiled eggs in a bowl or pot rather than under running water.
  • Make sure clothes and dish washers are full before running them. If you wash dishes or clothes by hand, make sure you fill the tub or sink with water rather than let the water run constantly. If possible, use a dishwasher or clothes washer as they tend to utilize water more efficiently.
  • Instead of using a different glass for water or drink, consider using the same glass, or paper or plastic cups, each day. Similarly, paper or plastic plates will help keep the water from running as often. If possible, recycle these plates and cups to take your efficiency beyond water conservation
  • For drinks, keep bottles or pitchers full in your fridge so you don’t have to keep turning on the faucet and waiting for the water to get cold.
  • Take showers instead of baths. Less water is used with the former than with the latter. When you’re showering, turning the water off while you’re washing your hair or body and then turning it back on to rinse will help you conserve some water. Similarly, turning the water off while brushing your teeth, washing your hands or shaving and then back on to rinse will save H2O.
  • Water your lawn only at night. If you must water while the sun is up, do so in the morning or very late afternoon to early evening. This will prevent a great deal of water from evaporating and doing your grass no good.

These are just a few of a great many ways that you can save water around your home. Doing these things will help you to live more efficiently, and will also minimize the impact of living during times of water shortages. Have more tips you’d like to share? Share them with the prepper community on Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram!