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Ways to Conserve Water

  • When washing dishes by hand, don't let the water run while rinsing. Fill one sink with wash water and the other with rinse water.
  • Run your clothes washer and dishwasher only when they are full. You can save up to 1,000 gallons a month.

  • Choose shrubs and groundcovers instead of turf for hard-to-water areas such as steep slopes and isolated strips.

  • Use the garbage disposal sparingly. Compost vegetable food waste instead and save gallons every time.

  • For cold drinks keep a pitcher of water in the refrigerator instead of running the tap. This way, every drop goes down you and not the drain.

  • Monitor your water bill for unusually high use. Your bill and water meter are tools that can help you discover leaks.

  • Water your lawn and garden in the morning or evening when temperatures are cooler to minimize evaporation.

  • Wash your fruits and vegetables in a pan of water instead of running water from the tap.

  • Spreading a layer of organic mulch around plants retains moisture and saves water, time and money.

  • Use a broom instead of a hose to clean your driveway and sidewalk and save water every time.

  • If your shower fills a one-gallon bucket in less than 20 seconds, replace the showerhead with a water-efficient model.

  • We're more likely to notice leaks indoors, but don't forget to check outdoor faucets, sprinklers and hoses for leaks.

  • Check the root zone of your lawn or garden for moisture before watering using a spade or trowel. If it's still moist two inches under the soil surface, you still have enough water.
  • Collect water from your roof to water your garden.
  • Washing dark clothes in cold water saves both on water and energy while it helps your clothes to keep their colors.

  • Turn off the water while brushing your teeth and save 25 gallons a month

  • Shorten your shower by a minute or two and you'll save up to 150 gallons per month.

 

 

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