Letter: Some Ways To Conserve Water

As the dry season begins in Florida, it becomes more important to save water. In order to preserve both the environment and how we live, it is necessary to practice everything in moderation, especially with our water usage. Here are two easy ways to save water:

1. Taking shorter showers and installing flow restrictors — A shower is an every-day routine, and one of the most wasteful. Cutting your time from 15 minutes to 10 minutes might decrease how many songs you can get through in that singing session, but will also cut down on how much water goes down the drain. While you struggle to shave off a few minutes, you can also save plenty of water just by installing flow restrictors, which limit the amount of water coming out of the faucet.

2. Using Rain Sensors — Sprinkler systems allow your bright green grass to stay vibrant while you lounge around. The problem is, Florida is a very rainy place, and sometimes those sprinkler systems may be going off in the rain. This is not only wasteful, but also illegal. Everybody who has a nifty sprinkler system is mandated by Florida statutes to have a rain sensor that tells the sprinkler to not water when it’s raining. At less than $20, it can reimburse itself in less than a year and continually make you that extra money for years to come.

We have been accustomed to the infinite supply of water we have at the tap. However, our current water practices are simply unsustainable for both the environment and us. In order to live a cleaner and safer future, preserve the way we live in Florida, we have to work together to decrease the water we use.

Michael Wang, Wellington