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Water Conservation

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).

Green Tip

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