Water is a vital resource to our planet and the living things that inhabit it. With booming populations and ongoing drought conditions, our water resources are becoming taxed. Protecting and preserving the nation’s water supply is critical to our economy, environment, and human health. Using water efficiently now will help ensure water supplies for future generations.
INSIDE YOUR HOME:
- WaterSense label products use about 20% less water. The bathroom is one of the biggest water-wasters in the home, so start your conservation efforts here.
- Fix leaky faucets, toilets and plumbing joints. To make sure your toilet tank isn’t leaking, place a drop of food coloring in the tank; if the color shows in the bowl without flushing, you have a leak.
- Fully loading an automatic dishwasher takes just as much water as when it is only half full……so load it up!
- Replace your washing machine with an Energy Star qualified model and save up to 7000 gallons of water annually.
- Replace your toilet with a low flow model and use less than 1.3 gallon of water per flush. Your toilet actually uses the most water of anything in your home. A regular toilet can use up to 7 gallons of water every time you flush, depending how old it is. But the new, dual-flush models have separate buttons for big and small flushes, using just 1.6 and .9 gallons (instead of 7)! They cost about $230 to $400, compared to $175 for a standard model, but will save you 5,000 gallons of water a year. Also avoid flushing the toilet unnecessarily.
- Take shorter showers and replace you showerhead with a low-flow version.
- Add a “Low Flow” Aerator to your faucet/sink. Faucets account for approximately 15% of indoor water usage in the average household. That is more than 1 trillion gallons of water in the United States annually. Federal law requires that new faucets not exceed 2.2 gallons per minute (gpm) however, older faucets can flow at rates as high as 3 to 7 gpm. Water efficient faucets labeled by the EPA’s WaterSenseTM program will use no more than 1.5 gpm, reducing the standard flow by more than 30 percent without sacrificing performance. Faucet aerators mix air into the water to reduce the flow while keeping regular water pressure (ends up saving water and saving money on bill). By using aerators in your kitchens and bathrooms, your family can reduce water use by more than 200 gallons a month. A normal sink’s faucet flow is 3 to 5 gallons of water per minute, this aerator reduces water flow to 1.5 gallons a minute
- Don’t run the water while washing your face, shaving or brushing your teeth.
OUTSIDE YOUR HOME:
- When you water plants deeply you will need to water them less often. Most plants do best if the soil is allowed to dry out between waterings.
- Set your lawn mower blade one notch higher. Longer grass has less evaporation, therefore it will need to be water less frequently.
- Adjust your sprinkler heads so that you are watering just your lawn and not the driveway and sidewalks.
- Water early in the morning or late in the evening when it’s cool. This saves on evaporation, prevents fungus and prevents plant and grass sunburn.
- Layer mulch around plants to reduce evaporation.