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Basic Water Saving Tips

 

        Adjusting your daily practices can greatly impact your watershed. Here are some tips for saving water around the home that any conscious homeowner can do.

 

 1) Follow local water use restrictions.           

          This is one of the most important things a homeowner can do during time of drought. 

 

2) Take shorter showers.           

          Reducing shower time to 5 minutes can save 20 to 40 gallons of water per shower (on a conventional shower head, you save 5 gallons per minute reduced). 

 

3) Replace conventional fixtures with low-flow  

      fixtures and toilets.

  • Some cities, counties, or utilities may even offer rebates for replacing older fixtures.Using low-flow fixtures can reduce water consumption up to 50% .Installing a 0.5 gallon-per-minute faucet aerator will reduce the amount of water used by 77% compared to the traditional 2.2 gallon-per-minute faucets.
  • Toilets can now be flushed using 1.6 gallons per flush, versus the previous 3.5

           to 7 gallons per flush. 

 

4) Repair leaks –they can amount to 15% of your household indoor water use and waste 500 gallons of water per month!         

  • Check tub and sink faucets for drips and replace proper parts.
  • Put food coloring in your toilet tank and watch if the coloring shows up in the toilet bowl before flushing. If so, replace the leaking flap.
  • Turn off all the water to your home and look at the readout dial on your water meter. If the dial moves, you have a leak. Check pipes coming into the house. 

 

5) Only wash full loads of dishes and laundry.

           They use the same amount of water no matter how full it is! 

 

6) Place a bucket in the shower for watering plants while waiting for the water to heat up.  

 

7) Catch water from air conditioners and heat pumps to put to good use.

           You can collect 100 gallons of water or more during the summer by collecting the water produced by one heat pump.

 

8) Water your lawn in evening when evaporation rates     

             are low.    

                      

                                                                            

9) Install water saving dishwashers and laundry machines.

  • Water-saving dishwashers use about 4 gallons of water, about one-third of the water needed by a standard dishwasher.
  • Some water-conserving clothes washers use about 30 gallons of water for a 19-pound load, about the same that standard washers use for an eight-pound load.

 

 

10) Use dry cleanup – sweep of patios rather than spraying them down.

            Dry cleanup methods reduce water use and reduce the amount of pollutants that run down the drain and enter our waterways.           

 

11) Avoid putting food scraps down the disposal.

  • Food scraps from garbage disposals can add 50% to the volume of solids in your septic tank.Disposals can use around 11 gallons of water per minute.
  • Composting food scraps provides economic benefits, as well as rich compost material to help your garden retain soil moisture.

 

12) Use a commercial carwash.

  • Commercial car washes recycle their wash water or have to treat it properly before disposing of it.
  • Commercial car washes significantly reduce the amount of water required to clean each vehicle to 8-32 gallons per vehicle, saving from 23 to 42 gallons of water per wash.
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