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7 Weird Ways to Save Water

By Scott Lau

Whether it’s in response to California’s recent drought, or just to be economical, here are seven weird ways young people, like me and my peers, are saving water today.

Dirty clothes? Wash your laundry in large loads.

Dirty clothes? Wash your laundry in large loads.

Collect the grey water in a bucket

Collect the grey water in a bucket

And use the soapy water to mop up your floors. This will save you approximately 4 gallons of water.

And use the soapy water to mop up your floors. This will save you approximately 4 gallons of water.

These colourful basins will not only make your shower look beautiful, but they’ll also help you save water. Simply stand in one of these the next time you shower, and let the water stream down your legs, washing away the sin and misery from your life.

These colorful basins will not only make your shower look beautiful, but they’ll also help you save water. Simply stand in one of these the next time you shower, and let the water stream down your legs, washing away the sin and misery from your life.

If it’s yellow, let it mellow. If it’s brown, take the basin of shower water you’ve collected and flush it down.

If it’s yellow, let it mellow. If it’s brown, take the basin of shower water you’ve collected and flush it down.

Use pandora to time your showers. Just promise that you won’t cheat by playing Led Zeppelin’s 10 minute-long Stairway to Heaven, which would use 25 gallons more water.

Use Pandora to time your showers. Just promise that you won’t cheat by playing Led Zeppelin’s 10 minute-long Stairway to Heaven, which would use 25 gallons more water.

You’ve heard about bathing with rubber duckies, but what about bathing with your clothes? The more clothes the merrier. Combine this one with the basin one for extra water saving points.

You’ve heard about bathing with rubber duckies, but what about bathing with your clothes? The more clothes the merrier. Combine this one with the basin one for extra water saving points.

Remember when you’ve been told that peeing in the shower is gross? Well, you can pee in the shower with peace of mind knowing that you’ll be saving 1.6 gallons of water per flush you don’t use. Just make sure you don’t have clothes in there.

Remember when you’ve been told that peeing in the shower is gross? Well, you can pee in the shower with peace of mind knowing that you’ll be saving 1.6 gallons of water per flush you don’t use. Just make sure you don’t have clothes in there.

Always wanted to go camping but never got the chance? Well here’s your chance to feel like a true camper! Who needs showers when you can wipe yourself down with a damp towel and some soap?

Always wanted to go camping but never got the chance? Well here’s your chance to feel like a true camper! Who needs showers when you can wipe yourself down with a damp towel and some soap?

Got leftover water from lunch or dinner? Pour it into a pitcher, and when you collect enough, water your plants with it.

Got leftover water from lunch or dinner? Pour it into a pitcher, and when you collect enough, water your plants with it.

Water -- Use it wisely. Treat it like gold. It’s fun to be a little exstream when conserving water.

Water — use it wisely.  It’s fun to be a little exstream when conserving water.