5 Water Conservation Tips

Posted: August 13th, 2014 by Brad

Especially important in summer, water conservation is advantageous year round. The following are simple actions you can take to use water more wisely:

  1. TURN OFF THE TAP – Just by turning off the tap while you brush your teeth in the morning and before bedtime, you can save up to 8 gallons of water. That adds up to more than 200 gallons a month. The same is true when your hands. Turn off the tap.

             When you wash dishes, scrape your dirty dishes into the
             compost bin then put them in the dishwasher.

  1. SHOWER vs. BATH – Taking a shower uses much less water than filling up a bathtub. A shower only uses 10 to 25 gallons, while a bath takes up to 70 gallons. If you do take a bath, be sure to plug the drain right away and adjust the temperature as you fill the tub.

             To save even more water, keep your shower under five
             minutes long. Try timing yourself with a clock next time
             you hop in. Also, turning off the tap while you soap up will
             also help curb usage.

  1. FIX THAT LEAK – If your toilet has a leak, you could be wasting about 200 gallons of water every day. That would be like flushing your toilet more than 50 times for no reason.

             Test for leaks by placing a drop of food coloring in the
             toilet tank. If the color shows up in the bowl without
             flushing, you have a leak.

  1. WATER PLANTS WISELY – The best time to water your indoor or outdoor plans is in the early morning or late evening when it’s cool outside. Watering when it’s hot and sunny is wasteful because most of the water evaporates before the plants have time to drink it. Make sure not to water the plants too much; a little sprinkle goes a long way.

        5.  CAR WASH WITH CARE - Washing your car with a
             bucket and sponge instead of a hose saves a lot of water.
             A hose can waste six gallons per minute if you leave it
             running. Using a bucket and sponge only uses a few
             gallons.

             Also, some car washes recycle water instead of letting it
             run down the sewer drains. Check if a car wash near you
             recycles water.

Posted In: Blog, Going Green

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