Simple solutions to cut our daily water use in half.


Every choice we make is a chance to save water. Together, we can create respect for our most precious resource.

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10 Reasons to Install a Rain Barrel

Harvesting rainwater is a small solution that ignites big change. Southern California sees less than 50 inches of rain per year, which means we need to utilize every last drop. Click below to read 10 ways you can enhance your homestead with this blue barrel.

10 Ways To Use A Tubtrug
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10 Ways To Use A Tubtrug

Check out these easy steps for water-wise living.

Through The Water Effect initiative, The Ecology Center advocates simple solutions to conserve water and reimagine our relationship to this precious resource. 

One of our very favorite tools for change? The Tubtrug, a sturdy-handled bucket that is a water-wise gardener’s favorite companion. The abundance of rainfall in Southern California this year is an invitation to truly harvest the rain. But no matter where you live, a Tubtrug can come in handy. Here’s how to put this tool to good use:


1. Reimagine Rinsewater

Cleaning dishes by hand with biodegradable soap? A Tubtrug in the kitchen sink collects rinsewater that you can reuse to nourish your garden.

2. Harvest Vegetables

Carry a Tubtrug at your side as you gather your garden harvest.

3. Mix Soil

Use your Tubtrug to mix together the core components of a nutrient-rich soil.

4. Store Equipment

Stash gardening tools such as hand spades and gloves in your trusty Tubtrug.

5. Collect Cold Shower Water

As your shower warms up, use a Tubtrug to collect cold water that you can then use to water your garden or houseplants!

6. Shop The Farmers’ Market

Short on reusable bags? A sturdy Tubtrug is great for stowing your seasonal haul when you shop the farmers’ market.

7. Carry Materials

Whether you are organizing a community art project or coordinating a workday at the local garden, a Tubtrug is a simple way to carry materials across sites.

8. Handwash Laundry

Use biodegradable laundry detergent to wash clothes by hand.

9. Hold Mulch

A Tubtrug helps with the heavy lifting when you’re mulching your garden, creating compost, and carrying soil to refill beds.

10. Container Garden

Convert a Tubtrug into a miniature thriving garden!


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Let's turn this around.

Rob Machado talks about how he makes water conservation a lifestyle.

Harvest the Rain

Build a water-wise home with these smart tools for change.