What you can do to conserve inside:
- Check for and repair leaks.
- Check every faucet for leaks. A single dripping faucet can waste more water in a single day than one person needs for drinking in an entire week.
- Check your toilets for "silent" leaks. Put in ten drops of food coloring in the tank. Don't flush for 15 minutes. If the colored water shows up in the bowl, the tank is leaking.
- Install water saving devices.
- Install a low-flow showerhead using 2.5 gallons per minute or less.
- Consider replacing your toilet with a 1.6 gallon per flush toilet.
- Change your habits to use less water.
- Take shorter showers.
- Turn off the water when brushing your teeth and/or shaving.
- Don't use the toilet as a wastebasket.
- If your toilet flapper doesn't close after flushing, replace it.
- Save the water used in cooking pasta or vegetables to water your plants.
- Keep a jug of water in the refrigerator instead of waiting for tap water to turn cold.
- Only wash full loads in your dishwasher. Do not pre-rinse your dishes.
- If washing dishes by hand, scrape or soak the dishes or pots and pans, but do not pre-rinse them. Do not let the water run continuously and use a minimum amount of soap.
- Select the appropriate water level for the size of your load of laundry.
- Use a basin or pail instead of running water when cleaning.
- Use the garbage disposal sparingly.
- Don't use running water to thaw food. Defrost food in the refrigerator for water efficiency and food safety.
What you can do to conserve outside:
- Avoid watering between 9:00 a.m. and 6:00 p.m. Water when the sun is low, winds are calm, and temperatures are cool to avoid evaporation.
- Adjust sprinkler heads to avoid over spray onto sidewalks and streets.
- Avoid over-watering lawns and gardens. Water deeply, less often.
- Trim grass at a higher mower setting-at least 2 1/2 to 3 inches.
- At least once a month check sprinkler heads to make sure everything is working properly.
- Mulch around your plants it helps to keep moisture in.
- Aerate in the spring and in the fall.
- Fertilize- Use less nitrogen, and use a slow release application. Use formulas with higher phosphorous and potassium (like a winter fertilizer).
- Adjust your irrigation system as the seasons and weather change. Don't water right after a heavy rain.
- Select sprinklers that water evenly in a low pattern; and that have large droplets. Smaller water drops and mist often evaporate before they hit the ground.
- Use a broom to clean driveways, decks and sidewalks instead of a hose.
- Use a commercial car wash that recycles water.
- Consult your local nursery for information on plant selection and placement for optimum outdoor water savings.
- Use a trowel, shovel, or soil probe to examine soil moisture depth. If the top two to three inches of soil are dry it's time to water.
- Water only when necessary. More plants die from over-watering than from under-watering.
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