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Water Conservation Tips
Household Hints to Conserve Water and Money
Water conservation is the most cost-effective and environmentally sound way to reduce our demand for water. This stretches our supply farther.
There are many effective ways to conserve water in and around your home. Look through this list for ways that will work for you...
Consumer Confidence Reports:
Ten ways that will save the most:
- Water your lawn only when it needs it. Step on your grass. If it springs back when you lift you foot, it doesn't need water. So set your sprinklers for more days in-between watering. Saves 750-1,500 gallons per month.
- Fix leaky faucets and plumbing joints. Saves 20 gallons per day for every leak stopped.
- Don't run the hose while washing your car. Use a bucket of water and a quick hose rinse at the end. Saves 150 gallons each time. For a two car family that's up to 1,200 gallons a month.
- Install water-saving shower heads or flow restrictors. Saves 500 to 800 gallons per month.
- Run only full loads in the washing machine and dishwasher. Saves 300 to 800 gallons per month.
- Shorten your showers. Even a one or two minute reduction can save up to 700 gallons per month.
- Use a broom instead of a hose to clean driveways and sidewalks. Saves 150 gallons or more each time.
- Don't use your toilet as an ashtray or wastebasket. Saves 400 to 600 gallons per month.
- Capture tap water. While you wait for hot water to come down the pipes, catch the flow in a watering can to use later on houseplants or your garden. Saves 200 to 300 gallons per month.
- Don't water the sidewalks, driveway or gutter. Adjust your sprinklers so that water lands on your lawn or garden where it belongs--and only there. Saves 500 gallons per month.
In the bathroom:
- Put a plastic bottle or a plastic bag weighted with pebbles and filled with water in your toilet tank. Displacing water in this manner allows you to use less water in each flush. (Don't use bricks, they decompose and can stain the toilet) Better yet, for even greater savings, replace your water-guzzling five to seven gallon a flush toilet with a three and a half gallon, low flush or one and a half gallon, ultra-low flush model.
- Check toilet for leaks. Put dye tablets or food coloring in the tank. If color appears in the bowl without flushing, there's a leak that should be repaired.
- Turn off the water while brushing your teeth.
- Turn off the water while shaving. Fill the bottom of the sink with a few inches of water to rinse your razor.
In the kitchen and laundry:
- If you wash dishes by hand, don't leave the water running for rinsing. If you have two sinks, fill one with rinse water. If you only have one sink, use a spray device or short blasts instead of letting the water run.
- When washing dishes by hand, use the least amount of detergent possible. This minimizes rinse water needed.
- Keep a container of drinking water in the refrigerator. This eliminates the need to run the tap water until it gets cold.
- Don't defrost frozen foods with running water. Either plan ahead by placing frozen items in the refrigerator overnight or defrost them in the microwave.
- Don't let the faucet run while you clean vegetables. Rinse them in a filled sink or pan.
- Use the garbage disposal sparingly.
- Put a layer of mulch around trees and plants. Chunks of bark, peat moss or gravel slows down evaporation.
- Water during the cool parts of the day.
- Don't water the lawn on windy days. There is too much evaporation.
- Cut down watering on cool and overcast days and don't water in the rain. Adjust or deactivate automatic sprinklers
- Set lawn mower height to 2 1/2 to 3 inches. This promotes deeper roots and reduces evaporation.
- Mow less frequently, this reduces the stress on turfgrass.
- Sharpen mower blades. A cleaner cut grass blade heals quicker, thus less water.
- Wash your car on the lawn. Rinse water can help water the grass.
- Tell your children not to play with the garden hose.
- Xeriscape--replace your lawn and high water using plants with less thirsty ones. But do this only in early spring. Even drought tolerant plants take extra water to get them going.
Most importantly, dispose of hazardous materials properly! One quart of oil can contaminate 250,000 gallons of water, effectively eliminating that much water from our water supply. Contact Midvale City Public Works at 567-7235 for proper disposal option.