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)

Newsletter Signup

Donate