Conserving and protecting our water supply is a job for everyone and is cost-effective and simple to do. There are hundreds of ways to conserve water – everything from turning off the faucet while you brush to using low flow appliances. Conserving hot water and using it only when really needed also conserves energy (and money!) by reducing the amount of energy required to heat more water.
Water Saving Tips
When washing dishes by hand, don’t let the water run while rinsing. Fill a small amount of water in the sink for washing. Rinse over the wash water making sure to turn the faucet on low only when rinsing several dishes at once. This will add more water to the soapy wash water by the time you get to washing large dishes like pots and pans. Or, if you have a second sink, fill it partially with rinse water. Additionally, grease and fats should be wiped from dishes/pans/pots with a paper towel before washing. It is generally more efficient to wash dishes in a fully loaded dishwasher than by hand.
Run your clothes washer and dishwasher only when they are full. You can save up to 1,000 gallons a month.
Check faucets and pipes for leaks. A small drip from a worn faucet washer can waste 20 gallons of water per day. Larger leaks can waste hundreds of gallons.
Watering your lawn: If you need to water your lawn (if it is newly planted), adjust sprinklers so only your lawn is watered and not the house, sidewalk, or street. Remember, during the peak of summer, grass becomes dormant and browns slightly, it does not die – this is a natural occurrence and continual watering is not necessary.
Adjust your lawn mower to a higher setting. A taller lawn shades roots and holds soil moisture better than if it is closely clipped.
Spreading a layer of organic mulch around plants retains moisture and saves water, time and money.
Avoid using kitchen sink garbage disposal units. In-sink disposals require a lot of water to operate properly, and also add considerably to the amount of water treatment required at the treatment plant. Compost instead!
Connect your rain barrel to a soaker hose to allow for slow irrigation of plants or a newly planted lawn.
Keep your pool water level low to minimize splashing. Use a cover to slow evaporation (keeps water cleaner, too).