Community Resilience Challenge Action Ideas (Water)

  • Sheet mulch your water-thirsty lawn
  • Set up a greywater system
  • Install low flow fixtures
  • Switch to drip irrigation
  • Record your monthly water use and look for places to reduce
  • Fix the leaks—dripping faucets, running toilets, old pipes, broken irrigation lines
  • Take shorter showers, and showers instead of baths
  • Use a bucket to catch water while the shower is heating and use it to flush toilets or water plants
  • Sculpt the earth to slow, spread and sink rainwater at the roots of your plants
  • Spread a thick layer of mulch (2-3 inches) to retain soil moistue
  • Plant densely to shade soil and reduce evaporation
  • Catch rainwater from your roof in tanks for irrigation during the dry season
  • Pee outside to save water and fertilize your trees — use tasteful judgment and be sure to spread it around!
  • Keep it clean—switch to biodegradable, non-toxic soaps and cleaning products

 Going Deeper (Water)

  • Integrate — a  greywater system can feed a food forest which provides shade to cool a building or sitting area
  • We don’t have a water shortage, we have a storage shortage— try and capture and retain every drop of rain that falls on your site in mulch, earthworks or tanks
  • Mulch, mulch, mulch to increase the water retaining “living sponge” on your site
  • Place plants to act as living pumps to take advantage of water stored in mulch and soil
  • Plant plants that can be chopped as mulch to replenish the “living sponge” in the catchment basins
  • Design earthworks to double as paths and mulch retention basins
  • Place rainwater tanks to act as thermal buffers, creating beneficial micro-climates for plants
  • Go even further—direct offsite water from the street or neighbors to sink into your site (be mindful of absorption capacity and design accordingly, mismanage water can be destructive)

 Additional Resources (Water)

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