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Water Saving Tips
Saving Water Indoors
put water down the drain when there may be another use for it such as
watering a plant or garden, or cleaning.
that your home is leak-free, because many homes have hidden water
leaks. Read your water meter before and after a two-hour period when
no water is being used. If the meter does not read exactly the same,
there is a leak.
dripping faucets by replacing washers. If your faucet is dripping at
the rate of one drop per second, you can expect to waste 2,700 gallons
per year which will add to the cost of water and sewer utilities, or
strain your septic system.
for toilet tank leaks by adding food coloring to the tank. If the
toilet is leaking, color will appear within 30 minutes. Check the
toilet for worn out, corroded or bent parts. Most replacement parts
are inexpensive, readily available and easily installed. (Flush as
soon as test is done, since food coloring may stain tank.)
flushing the toilet unnecessarily. Dispose of tissues, insects and
other such waste in the trash rather than the toilet.
shorter showers. Replace you showerhead with an ultra-low-flow
version. Some units are available that allow you to cut off the flow
without adjusting the water temperature knobs.
the minimum amount of water needed for a bath by closing the drain
first and filling the tub only 1/3 full. Stopper tub before turning
water on. The initial burst of cold water can be warmed by adding hot
let water run while shaving or washing your face. Brush your teeth
first while waiting for water to get hot, then wash or shave after
filling the basin.
all wasteful household faucets by installing aerators with flow
automatic dishwashers and clothes washers only when they are fully
loaded or properly set the water level for the size of load you are
washing dishes by hand, fill one sink or basin with soapy water.
Quickly rinse under a slow-moving stream from the faucet.
drinking water in the refrigerator rather than letting the tap run
every time you want a cool glass of water.
not use running water to thaw meat or other frozen foods. Defrost food
overnight in the refrigerator or by using the defrost setting on your
sink disposals require lots of water to operate properly. Start a
compost pile as an alternate method of disposing food waste instead of
using a garbage disposal. Garbage disposals also can add 50% to the
volume of solids in a septic tank which can lead to malfunctions and
installing an instant water heater on your kitchen sink so you don't
have to let the water run while it heats up. This will reduce heating
costs for your household.
your water pipes. You'll get hot water faster plus avoid wasting water
while it heats up.
install a water-to-air heat pump or air-conditioning system.
Air-to-air models are just as efficient and do not waste water.
water softening systems only when necessary. Save water and salt by
running the minimum amount of regenerations necessary to maintain
water softness. Turn softeners off while on vacation.
your pump. If you have a well at your home, listen to see if the pump
kicks on and off while the water is not in use. If it does, you have a
adjusting water temperatures, instead of turning water flow up, try
turning it down. If the water is too hot or cold, turn the offender
down rather than increasing water flow to balance the temperatures.
the toilet flush handle frequently sticks in the flush position,
letting water run constantly, replace or adjust it.
Saving Water Outdoors
overwater your lawn. As a general rule, lawns only need watering every
5 to 7 days in the summer and every 10 to 14 days in the winter. A
hearty rain eliminates the need for watering for as long as two weeks.
Plant it smart, Xeriscape. Xeriscape landscaping is a great way to
design, install and maintain both your plantings and irrigation system
that will save you time, money and water. For your free copy of
"Plant it Smart," an easy-to-use guide to Xeriscape
landscaping, contact your Water Management District.
lawns during the early morning hours when temperatures and wind speed
are the lowest. This reduces losses from evaporation.
water your street, driveway or sidewalk. Position your sprinklers so
that your water lands on the lawn and shrubs ... not the paved areas.
sprinklers that are the most water-efficient for each use. Micro and
drip irrigation and soaker hoses are examples of water-efficient
methods of irrigation.
check sprinkler systems and timing devices to be sure they are
operating properly. It is now the law that "anyone who purchases
and installs an automatic lawn sprinkler system MUST install a rain
sensor device or switch which will override the irrigation cycle of
the sprinkler system when adequate rainfall has occurred." To
retrofit your existing system, contact an irrigation professional for
the lawn mower blade to at least three inches. A lawn cut higher
encourages grass roots to grow deeper, shades the root system and
holds soil moisture better than a closely-clipped lawn.
over fertilizing your lawn. The application of fertilizers increases
the need for water. Apply fertilizers which contain slow-release,
water-insoluble forms of nitrogen.
to retain moisture in the soil. Mulching also helps to control weeds
that compete with plants for water.
native and/or drought-tolerant grasses, ground covers, shrubs and
trees. Once established, they do not need to be watered as frequently
and they usually will survive a dry period without any watering. Group
plants together based on similar water needs.
not hose down your driveway or sidewalk. Use a broom to clean leaves
and other debris from these areas. Using a hose to clean a driveway
can waste hundreds of gallons of water.
your hose with a shut-off nozzle which can be adjusted down to fine
spray so that water flows only as needed. When finished, "Turn it
Off" at the faucet instead of at the nozzle to avoid leaks.
hose washers between spigots and water hoses to eliminate leaks.
not leave sprinklers or hoses unattended. Your garden hoses can pour
out 600 gallons or more in only a few hours, so don't leave the
sprinkler running all day. Use a kitchen timer to remind yourself to
turn it off.
all hoses, connectors and spigots regularly.
using a commercial car wash that recycles water. If you wash your own
car, park on the grass to do so.
the installation of ornamental water features (such as fountains)
unless the water is recycled. Locate where there are minimal losses
due to evaporation and wind drift.
you have a swimming pool, consider a new water-saving pool filter. A
single backflushing with a traditional filter uses from 180 to 250
gallons or more of water.
General Water Saving Tips
an awareness of the need for water conservation among your children.
Avoid the purchase of recreational water toys which require a constant
stream of water.
aware of and follow all water conservation and water shortage rules
and restrictions which may be in effect in your area.
your employer to promote water conservation at the workplace. Suggest
that water conservation be put in the employee orientation manual and
businesses which practice and promote water conservation.
all significant water losses (broken pipes, open hydrants, errant
sprinklers, abandoned free-flowing wells, etc.) to the property owner,
local authorities or your Water Management District.
your school system and local government to help develop and promote a
water conservation ethic among children and adults.
projects that will lead to an increased use of reclaimed waste water
for irrigation and other uses.
efforts and programs to create a concern for water conservation among
tourists and visitors to our state. Make sure your visitors understand
the need for, and benefits of, water conservation.
your friends and neighbors to be part of a water conscious community.
Promote water conservation in community newsletters, on bulletin
boards and by example.
water because it is the right thing to do. Don't waste water just
because someone else is footing the bill such as when you are staying
at a hotel.
to do one thing each day that will result in a savings of water. Don't
worry if the savings is minimal. Every drop counts. And every person
can make a difference. So tell your friends, neighbors and co-workers
to "Turn it Off" and "Keep it Off".
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