Saving Water at Home

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Indoor water saving tips

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Some effective ways to save on indoor water use:

  • Purchase a front-load washing machine that uses 40% less water. Check for rebates.
  • Don’t let water run while shaving, brushing teeth or rinsing dishes.
  • When you are washing your hands, don’t let the water run while you lather.
  • Listen for dripping faucets and toilets that flush themselves. Fixing a leak can potentially save hundreds of gallons each month.
  • Check your toilet for leaks.
  • Learn how to read your water meter.
  • Prevent and report water waste.
  • Run the dishwasher and clothes washer with full loads only.

Source: Saving Water Partnership

 

 Outdoor water saving tips

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Some effective ways to save on outdoor water use:

  • Water between midnight and 6:00 am to reduce water loss from evaporation and wind. Water your lawn and garden in 2 short cycles rather than one long one. Watering to a depth of 4 to 6” will encourage deeper healthier roots and allow the plants to go without water for longer periods of time.
  • Target your water use in your garden by hand watering exactly in the spots that need it.
  • Inspect and tune-up your sprinkler system monthly. Adjust your sprinkler heads to prevent water draining off your lawn and down the gutter. Reduce sprinkler run-time, and don’t be a gutter flooder.
  • Use a broom, not a hose, to clean your driveway, deck or patio. Washing a sidewalk or driveway with a hose uses about 50 gallons of water every 5 minutes.
  • Your water meter is an important conservation tool. It not only measures the amount of water you use, but can also tell you if there is a leak in your plumbing.
  • Use a bucket and a hose with an automatic shut-off nozzle when you wash the car, or take your car to a carwash that recycles. Save water by extending the time between car washes.
  • Cover pools and hot-tubs to reduce evaporation.

Source: Saving Water Partnership