By: Mari-Ela David
HALAWA (KHNL) - With the drought still looming over our islands, Honolulu leaders are aggressively taking measures to preserve Oahu's water supply.
On Saturday, city leaders spent time with the public to educate them about water conservation. The advice is not the kind you typically hear - use a handful of worms and plants that hardly grow thirsty.
Seems a little odd, but city leaders say you put those in any garden and you could cut your water use and water bills in half.
Even Mother Nature is armed with earthly tools to survive in drought conditions. The trick is learning how to use them.
At the Halawa Xeriscape Garden, the Board of Water Supply revealed just that.
"We are in a drought condition. Oahu luckily hasn't been hit as hard as neighbor islands but that doesn't mean that we can be complacent. We have to conserve water today in case the situation gets worse tomorrow," says Su Shin with the Board of Water Supply.
Shin says the average single family home uses most of their water outdoors to irrigate gardens.
By growing drought-resistant plants in the right places, Shin say you can cut up to 80% of your water use.
Another tip: use worms instead of your garbage disposal to get rid of food scraps.
"They eat up the food waste, and their poop is essentially compost . It's nutrient rich, it's organic you use it to fertilize your plants and it saves water both ways," says Shin.
Shin says you waste eight gallons of water just to run one gallon of food down a garbage disposal.
That's waste Oahu can't afford in times of drought.