Water Conservation 101: The Humble Watering Can

Posted on Jan 22, 2015 in Gardening, Water Conservation | 4 Comments

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:

Haws Traditional Peter Rabbit Design

Fiskars Potter 20-47287 Watering Can

Haws Heritage Indoor Plastic


Teirra Garden 36-5081Y Traditional


Haws Practician Plastic Watering Can

Oxo Good Grips OUtdoor Pour & Store


  1. Geaniemarie
    March 2, 2015

    This is such a no brainer idea. I can’t imagine how much clean water goes down the kitchen drain every day. I have no problem keeping an attractive watering can on the counter, and who knew there were so many cute ones available? This water could be used for cleaning, watering plants, the pets water dishes, and on and on. What a great idea! I love this website and look forward to reading more. Thanks for sharing.

  2. Jenna Howell
    March 4, 2015

    Thanks for sharing this wonderful article. You are right that water is life. It’s vital. It supports the immense diversity of life on Earth. It’s a source of food, health and energy.

  3. Aylin
    June 5, 2015

    Thanks Mark that’s great! Gardens like yours are inspiring to see.I guess there is a fair amunot of effort setting the garden up initially, but the long term benefits (you have described) and its durability outweigh the hard work.Keep the great info coming!

  4. Hebergeur
    May 28, 2016

    In recent years, contour farming systems are considered as field and farm practices to build climate-smart agriculture as they improve water-use efficiency and conservation.


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