We Filipinos should start to conserve water. There are many reasons on why we should be educated on the implications of wasting water, and the government should also teach why we should conserve water. Conserving water means using fewer resources in order to bring back drained water in a state of usability. Fewer resources mean less energy, and less energy means less pollution. Conserving water is a good and easy starting point to conserve fuel and power.

To aid you in your quest here are 5 ways to conserve and save water at home.

Pail and Bucket Bathing

Both showering and using bathtubs are very wasteful. Instead of these water-demanding practices, try taking a bath with the classic pail and bucket. Many Filipinos use these two apparatuses to take a bath. Because fresh water is a limited resource in many barangays (particularly in the dry rural areas), locals try their hardest to save water. This means practicing the dance of the dip-and-pour.

Go For the Bare Minimum

Got your car muddy from a nice trip? Before breaking out the garden hose, try a soapy bucket of water and a rag cloth. Remember that finding alternative methods to do tasks that require lots of water will demand effort, but do it for the environment!

Make Swimming a Rare Luxury

We get it; under the intense boasting of the roaring sun, a dip in a cold pool is irresistible. This being said, pools require gallons upon gallons of water and so we believe that swimming should be cut to a rare treat. If you own a pool, try to only use it during the driest and hottest of times. Also make sure to get debris out of the pool every day so you don’t have to change the water.

Reuse Reuse Reuse

A lot of our daily chores require the use of water. Why not utilize the used water from one task to fulfill another? Your dish water might be just what you need to scrub down your garage. The starchy milky rice washings make for great plant food for your herb garden. Be creative and think like a true green mind.

Collect Rainwater

Set up drums or barrels to collect rainwater when the skies precipitate. While unsuitable for drinking and washing, rainwater can be saved for watering plants or cleaning cement surfaces in your garage or patio. Just make sure to put lids on the containers after the rain so mosquitoes don’t use them as nurseries for the wrigglers.

All in all, water should be used conservatively and should be saved. Even though it might take some getting used to, every drop of water counts so we should try hard to conserve water.