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Indoor Conservation

Efficient water use can save you money on water & utility bills, and reduce the costs for sewer and septic services. Use the following household tips in the bathroom, kitchen and laundry room to help protect the environment and save your family money!

In the Bathroom
  • Each flush wastes water. Don't use the toilet as a wastebasket.

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  • Check toilets for leaks. Use food coloring or a leak detection tablet in the toilet tank.

  • If color appears in the bowl without flushing, there is a leak that requires immediate attention.

  • Reduce the water level per flush by installing a low-flow toilet or a toilet displacement device. Use a plastic bottle weighted with pebbles and water. Never use a brick.

  • Check faucets and pipes for leaks. A small drip can waste 20 or more gallons of water per day.

  • Don't let the bathroom sink run while wetting your toothbrush, brushing your teeth or when shaving. Use a glass of water to rinse or clean your razor in a small pool of water.

  • Install water-efficient shower heads and take shorter showers.

In the Kitchen

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  • Use both sides of the sink when washing dishes by hand. Use one side to wash and the other side to rinse. Do not wash dishes under a running faucet.

  • Install low-flow fixtures, then buy and install aerators for every faucet in the house.

  • Keep a bottle or pitcher of drinking water in the refrigerator. This eliminates letting the tap run while waiting for the water to get cold.

  • Clean vegetables in a pan of water and not under a running faucet. Water used to clean vegetables can also be used to water houseplants.

  • In-sink garbage disposal devices use roughly 11.5 gallons of water each day. Try composting organic wastes instead of throwing them away.

Laundry

  • Pre-rinse clothes only when absolutely necessary.

  • Use the proper water level, load size selection and water temperature when washing clothes. Consider installing a water efficient washing machine.


Outdoor Conservation
Fish, trees, and animals depend on wise use of our limited water supplies. Use the following tips to save water (and money) outdoors.

Lawn & Garden

  • Lawns need water when you can see footprints across it after watering.

  • Water in short repeated intervals for best absorbtion, especially on slopes or compacted soils. Prevent water runoff from your sprinkler system.

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  • To reduce evaporation, water the lawn in the early morning or evening. Avoid watering during the heat of the day or when it is windy.

  • Install a trickle or drip irrigation system for a slow, steady supply of water to the plant roots.

  • Water only when needed. Frequency depends on plant and soil type. One inch of water a week, including rainfall, is all your lawn needs.

  • Water root areas of your plants to establish hardiness.

  • Low or non-water landscaping require minimal amounts of water, fertilizer and pesticides. This can save you money and will protect the environment.

  • Place a 2" to 4" layer of mulch around plants and trees to avoid excess evaporation.

  • Use native and adapted plants when landscaping your yard. These plants usually require less care and water. Consider installing plants that don't require water once they are established for some or all of your yard.

  • If your lawn is healthy, consider letting your lawn go dormant in the summer. It will turn green again when it rains.

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    Outdoor Cleaning
  • Use a broom to clean walkways and driveways. Do not use the hose. Watering the sidewalk, gutter and street wastes water.

  • Clean gutters and downspouts manually instead of hosing them down.


More Information
For more information on water conservation, download our brochures: Water - Use It Wisely and The Homeowner's Guide to Leak Detection.

 


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