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Water Conservation Tips
Where more than half of all water use inside a house takes place:
Do not let the water run while shaving or brushing teeth.
Take short showers instead of tub baths. Turn off the water while soaping or shampooing.
If you must use a tub, close the drain before turning on the water and fill the tub only half full. Bathe small children together.
Never use your toilet as a waste basket - Every time you flush a cigarette butt, facial tissue or other small bit of trash, five to seven gallons of water is wasted.
Check your toilets for leaks. A leaky toilet can waste 200 gallons per hour. Put a little food coloring in your toilet tank. If, without flushing, the color begins to appear in the bowl within 30 minutes, you have a leak that should be repaired immediately.
Install low-volume toilets (1.6 gallons or less per flush).
Take shorter showers. A four-minute shower uses approximately 20 to 40 gallons of water.
Install water-saving shower heads and low-flow faucet aerators
Kitchen and Laundry
Simple practices that save a lot of water:
Keep drinking water in the refrigerator instead of letting the faucet run until the water is cool.
Wash fruits and vegetables in a basin. Use a vegetable brush.
Do not use water to defrost frozen foods; thaw in the refrigerator overnight.
Scrape, rather than rinse, dishes before loading into the dishwasher; wash only full loads.
Add food wastes to your compost pile instead of using the garbage disposal.
Wash only full loads of laundry or use the appropriate water level or load size selection on the washing machine.
When washing dishes by hand, don't leave the water running for rinsing
If your have a double-basin, fill one with soapy water and one with rinse water. If you have a single-basin sink, gather washed dishes in a dish rack and rinse them with a spray device or a panful of hot water.
Install low-flow faucet aerators
Homes with high-efficiency plumbing fixtures and appliances save about 30% of indoor water use and yield substantial savings on water, sewer, and energy bills:
Consider purchasing high-efficiency toilets.
Consider purchasing a high efficiency washing machine which can save more than 50% in laundry water and energy use.
Repair all leaks. A small drip from a worn faucet washer can waste 20 gallons of water per day. Larger leaks can waste hundreds of gallons.
Insulate your water pipes.
In the yard and garden:
If you use an irrigation system, detect and repair all leaks.
Water the lawn or garden during the coolest part of the day (early morning is best). Do not water on windy days.
Water trees and shrubs, which have deep root systems, longer and less frequently than shallow-rooted plants that require smaller amounts of water more often.
Consider planting native plants. Native plants require very little maintenance because they have evolved and adapted natural defenses to local conditions such as drought, nutrient-poor soil, winter conditions, disease and insects which can be problematic to non-native species. This means that natives save residents time and money because they require little or no lawn chemicals and less irrigation than non-native plants.
Consider using a rain barrel to collect water. During the summer months it is estimated that nearly 40 percent of household water is used for lawn and garden maintenance. A rain barrel collects water and stores it for those times that you need it most — during the dry summer months. Using rain barrels potentially helps homeowners lower water bills, while also improving the vitality of plants, flowers, trees, and lawns.
Set sprinklers to water the lawn or garden only – not the street or sidewalk.
Use soaker hoses or trickle irrigation systems for trees and shrubs.
Install moisture sensors on sprinkler systems.
Use mulch around shrubs and garden plants to reduce evaporation from the soil surface and cut down on weed growth.
Remove thatch and aerate turf to encourage movement of water to the root zone.
Raise your lawn mower cutting height – longer grass blades help shade each other, reduce evaporation, and inhibit weed growth.
Minimize or eliminate fertilizing, which promotes new growth needing additional watering.
Conserving water outdoors:
Sweep driveways, sidewalks and steps rather than hosing off.
Wash the car with water from a bucket, or consider using a commercial car wash that recycles water.
When using a hose, control the flow with an automatic shut-off nozzle.
Avoid purchasing recreational water toys which require a constant stream of water.
Consider purchasing a new water-saving swimming pool filter.
Use a pool cover to reduce evaporation when pool is not being used.
Do not install or use ornamental water features unless they recycle the water.
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