Issue Two of Crunchy Chicken's Low Impact Week
Many ways of saving water are simple: take shorter showers, use a water-saving sink attachment, turn off the water while you brush your teeth or shave or wash dishes, only run the dishwasher when it is full, and (even though you may think this is disturbing) use the Ed Koch flush.
We're thinking about constructing a rain barrel in our garden so we can put some of that lovely rain on the garden even when it is bone-dry outside.
Another way to cut down on water use is to xeriscape your yard--that is, use locality-appropriate plantings that do not require additional water and also avoid run-off. Much of our back yard is devoted to growing produce--and while vegetable gardening answers other environmental concerns, it is certainly not a water-saving measure.
Some people even have a greywater system that collects domestic waste water such as that from washing dishes, doing laundry, and showering to recycle for flushing toilets and for irrigation. Very cool!