Water Conservation 101: The Humble Watering Can
An ample supply of clean water is a blessing many of us take for granted. But as our friends and family in the Golden State of California have recently come to realize, it is not a limitless resource. There are those who take rain harvesting very seriously, and then there are the rest of us, who wonder if sawing off our downspout to direct into a plastic rain barrel could negatively affect our home’s resale value. To those at the latter end of the spectrum, we have a low-cost, labor-free proposal for dipping your foot in the pool of water conservation:
Keep a watering can next to the kitchen sink.
Pretty simple, right? But think about it–how much clean water do you waste by letting the faucet run until the water heats up? If you’re like most of us, who prefer washing dishes and doing other tasks in hot soapy suds, the answer is probably more than you realize–it is literally money down the drain. If you keep a watering can next to the kitchen sink, you can run the water into the can until it reaches your desired temperature. The collected water can then be used to water your plants, fill your dog’s bowl, and so forth.
Most modern kitchens have space under the sink that can store your watering can (did we mention they are also great for saving your cabinets from a leaky sink until you get it repaired?), but if you plan on keeping it on the counter, and looks matter to you, we have the following suggestions to suit all budgets and design preferences: