by Madelyn Starr
We all have to do a little bit of adjusting to save water for the drought in our day-to-day lives, and for those of us who are living on campus, we have to do that while also adjusting to life at UC Santa Cruz. Whether it’s having to find a new place besides the East Field to play soccer on or having your RA hang water conservation posters in the bathrooms, the drought is affecting us all, even if we don’t realize it. You can take conservation into your own hands too with some easy steps. Here are a few tips for your residential hall or apartment:
- Turn the faucet off while brushing your teeth, shaving, doing dishes, and other simple tasks. You don’t need it running while you’re lathering up, so why waste that water?
- Use the five minute timers in all res hall showers to shorten your shower time. Five minutes of showering is 20 gallons of water, so use the timers to keep track of how long your shower is.
- If you don’t like shower timers and you listen to music in the shower, use the amount of songs you play to keep time! Try to keep your showers to three songs or shorter. Once you master three-song showers, challenge yourself to shorten it to two songs.
- Only run loads of laundry if they’re full. This will also save you time and money! Why run half a load twice a week when you could do one big load?
- Report all leaks to fixit.ucsc.edu. Those little drips of water add up and waste a ridiculous amount of water.
- Don’t flush trash down the toilet! Why waste that 5-7 gallons of water if you don’t have to? Walk the two feet to the trashcan and throw your tissues away.
- If you and all your apartment-mates agree, when it’s yellow, let it mellow! However, please do NOT do this in res halls and only do it if everyone in your apartment agrees.
Even if you pick just two of these to do, you’ll help save water, and every little bit helps make a difference. Comment below what you’re challenging yourself to do, how much water you think you’re saving, and any other tips you might have!
photo by Diane Terry