We must all work together to conserve as much water as possible to ensure adequate supplies during those hot summer months and in the years to come.
It’s a Simple Equation
If we use less water, our existing supplies will go further!
Conserving Water Outside Your Home
Lawn/Garden: Water your lawn only when necessary. If you step on your grass and it springs back, it doesn’t need water. Water early in the morning or late at night. Water long and slow, rather than short and heavy. Mulch all planting areas. Plant trees where they will shade buildings and outdoor living areas. Adjust your sprinklers accordingly.
Groundcover: Many shrubs, trees and groundcovers utilize less water than grass. Landscaping with native, drought-resistant plants can save lots of water.
Washing Your Car: Wash your car with a bucket and a hose equipped with a shut-off nozzle or at a commercial carwash that uses recycled water.
Sprinklers: Utilize a drip irrigation system when possible and try to group plants together that require the same amount of water. Adjust your automatic sprinklers according to the season, and have them go off more frequently in the spring and summer, and less frequently in the fall and winter.
Other: To cleanup outside, use a broom, not a hose. Adjust your sprinklers so they water your plants and not the sidewalk or driveway. Cover your swimming pool. Use pool flush water for plants. Service your evaporative coolers regularly. Check for leaks between your water meter at the street and your house. Insulate hot water pipes and hot water heater.
Conserving Water Inside Your Home
Bathroom: Install ultra-low-flush toilets that use 1.6 gallons per flush versus standard toilets. Tune up your leaky toilets – the number one water waster in your home. One leaky toilet can waste up to 78,000 gallons of water in one year – enough to fill a swimming pool! Check for leaks with dye tabs or food coloring. Turn the faucet off while brushing your teeth. Install a low-flow showerhead. While shaving, brushing teeth, etc. turn the water off. When cold will do, avoid using hot water. Take shorter showers and use less water for bathing.
Washing Machine: Wash only full loads in the washing machine. Avoid the use of hot water. Use a short wash cycle unless your clothes are very soiled. Consider a horizontal axis model.
Kitchen: Capture tap water in a watering can while waiting for hot water. Use this water for your houseplants. Use the garbage disposal less and the garbage can more. Wash only full loads in the dishwasher.
Additional Conservation Tips
C2E – Conserve to Enhance: http://www.conserve2enhance.org/