How to Survive a Drought

Sunset over the golden wheat field with sun

In case you have not heard, California is in the middle of a devastating drought. We have not gotten the rains that we need to sustain farming as it is. BeeWench Farm has done various things things to save as much water as possible. We use drip tape on timers, we have done our best to collect rainwater, and we even have built a makeshift greywater system with our washing machine. However, there is more that we can do to save water. There are a number of farmers that are using dry farming to keep their plants healthy.

1. Reuse Water Where You Can
Did you just make a delicious dinner where you boiled something like pasta, potatoes, or eggs? Don’t pour the water down the drain! Take the food out of the boiling water, wait for the water to cool, and then pour it out into your garden. You could also use the excess water to start another meal like a soup. If you are hand-washing dishes, have a basin to wash the dishes in and a basin to rinse them in and then pour the water into your garden when you are done. This also prevents water waste from keeping the tap running.

2. Reduce Water Use
Only use your sprinkler system every other day and make sure that all your sprinkler heads are working properly. To reduce more of your water use, take out your lawn and plant native, sustainable plants instead. Reduce the time that you take in the shower. If you can take a shower in less than 5 minutes, you can save up to 1,000 gallons of water a month. If you prefer to take a bath, only fill your tub up a few inches. A full tub uses about 70 gallons of water.

If you are planning on changing any appliances in your home see if you can get some that save water. We can all do our part to help with this drought even if it is a little change, it could make a big difference.

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