AMES, Iowa ― Ongoing effects from the drought may hit closer to home with possible water shortages this year across the state. Iowans can prepare by finding simple ways to conserve water in their own homes.
Kristi Cooper, family life specialist with Iowa State University Extension and Outreach, says there are many simple tips families can follow to reduce water use, especially in the bathroom where 60 to 75 percent of water use happens.
”Now is a good time to track how much water your family uses each week,” Cooper said. “Challenge your family to reduce water consumption 20 percent before summer.”
Cooper works with the ISU Eco Family blog to offer tips to families on how to live a greener lifestyle, including water conservation. She compiled a list of tips for families, which is available as a downloadable PDF.
Tips to reduce water use include
Cooper suggests families make a list of conservation tips for their own home and post it where all family members can see it and be reminded.