Wash Away the Waste

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We all want to save water: in Australia and around the world. Few places have it in such abundance that it can run from a faucet, hose, or pool outlet indefinitely. Here are droughts even in California, otherwise a lush sunny paradise. In places where there is a shortfall of rain or limited access to dams and rivers, people have to rotate their water usage and be mindful of others’ needs. Big sprawling country club golf courses are sure to be victims as are wasteful industries and recreational facilities.

What to do? There are lots of suggestions about how to cope and here I am offering one itty bitty idea that most people can use: a pressure washer. If you wash your car at home (and it doesn’t have to be weekly), or like to clean the garage door or driveway, then you can avail yourself of a handy, cost-effective unit. While they look like Rube Goldberg contraptions, they are not difficult to maneuver and can take care of most jobs quite well. What’s more, using such a device is faster and saves water in the long run. Remember the days of letting the hose run while you suds the car—not anymore! Remember the days of filling the kiddie pool to the brim—not anymore!

You can plant cacti instead of roses and put in a faux lawn. They don’t look bad at all. You can use energy-efficient washers and dryers for clothes and make sure you fill each load to avoid running several small ones. Showers are better than baths when it comes to waste, and they don’t have to go on for hours. Learn the art of soap and go. In many cases, the pressure washer (cold water to be sure) takes care of outdoor problems in a jiffy.

Make a list of your daily, weekly, and monthly water usage. Look at your bill and compare six months. Are you amazed? We used gallons and gallons, and most for naught. Surely, we can cut a fourth of our usage out, especially when there is a scarcity. Perhaps you can adjust in the winter when the snow and rain fall are adequate to fill the reservoirs.

Pressure washers come in residential and commercial models and employ a type of simple pump system. If you must remove sludge from the chimney or tar from the driveway, this is the only way to go, not to mention all the dirty windows in your home come spring. Muck is caked on by this time and needs some extra elbow grease. Get help. Most pressure washers are gas powered and are easy to take care of. Maintenance should not be a chore, no more than a typical lawnmower (you can clean this off, too). Though pay attention to the water that power washers use. You can find out more here.

Getting ready for a round of cleaning takes a little preparation and research to find the right tools and techniques. With a pressure washer in tow, a dreaded weekend of chores will go fast and your family might even want to get into the act. If you have a boat, so much the better.