Water Conservation Action Tips
- Check your home for leaks: read your water meter before and after a two-hour period when no water is being used. If the meter does not read exactly the same, there is a leak. Repair all leaks a.s.a.p.!
- Avoid flushing the toilet unnecessarily by disposing of tissues and other waste into the trash can.
- Take shorter showers and consider buying an ultra-low-flow showerhead.
- Do not let water run while brushing your teeth or washing your face.
- Store drinking water in the refrigerator rather than letting the tap run every time you want a glass of water.
- Operate automatic dishwashers and clothes washers only when they are fully loaded.
- Start a compost pile as an alternate method of disposing food waste rather than using a garbage disposal.
- Consider installing an instant water heater on your kitchen sink so you don't have to let the water run while it heats up.
- Defrost frozen food in the refrigerator or in the microwave instead of running water over it.
- Use phosphate-free detergents.
- Choose natural cleansers - borax, ammonia, vinegar, or baking soda.
- Recycle water from your fish tank by using it to water plants. Fish emulsion is a good, inexpensive fertilizer high in nitrogen and phosphorus.
- Do not drink water directly from a pond, creek, stream, river, or lake without bringing it to a rolling boil for at least one minute. Let the water cool before drinking it.
- Use a broom rather than a hose to clean sidewalks and driveways.
- Place a layer of mulch around trees and plants to retain water.
- Use a moisture indicator to tell when your lawn needs watering and when it does not.
- Do not over-water your lawn. As a general rule, lawns only need watering every five to seven days in the summer and every ten to fourteen days in the winter. A hearty rain eliminates the need for watering for as long as two weeks.
- Water lawns during the early morning hours when temperatures and wind speeds are the lowest. This reduces losses from evaporation.
- Raise the lawn mower blade to at least three inches. A lawn cut higher encourages grass roots to grow deeper, shades the root system and holds soil moisture better than a closely-clipped lawn.
- Plant native and/or drought tolerant grasses, ground covers, shrubs and trees.
- Consider installing drip irrigation for individual bushes, trees, flowers, and garden areas.
- For swimming pools, consider buying a cover to reduce evaporation and a water-saving pool filter.
- Use rechargeable batteries.
- Choose organic paint and natural finishes - wax and organic wood stains and natural preservatives.
- Support wetland preservation efforts.
- Have any abandoned wells on your property sealed by a licensed contractor.
- Replace any underground storage tanks on your property with aboveground storage.
- Have septic systems pumped out every one to three years by a qualified plumber.
- Support water conservation effort at work and home!
* Special thanks to the American Water Works Association. Please visit their web site at www.awwa.org for additional information.
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