There is a lot of water that goes down our kitchen drains that is barely even touched, if at all. Think about the water used while we’re washing vegetables. Or when we rinse something sticky of our fingers. If we catch that water, it is perfect for the garden!
This simple trick saves money on the water bill and helps to conserve water as well.
I like to keep a plastic pail in our sink which I use to capture this “clean” water. Then I hold the veggies, or my sticky hands, or whatever else is getting a light rinse, over the bucket and simple let the extra water fall into the pail. When it gets filled up, I carry it to the garden and use it on my plants. It’s a great solution that is hardly any effort at all for the savings…and a lighter conscience during our drought.
A few things to keep in mind:
- Avoid getting soap in the water. A little bit isn’t harmful, but plants and the soil are better off without it.
- Try a narrow pail. Mine is an oblong, and the shape gives me better access to the sink.
- Choose a pail with handles. This makes it easier to carry the pail around the garden.
You’ll be amazed at how much water you capture! On a busy day in the kitchen I catch about 5 gallons of water that my plants love and which would have otherwise have been wasted down the drain.
How much clean or nearly-clean water do you send down the drain each day?