Water Conservation

Conservation Measures
Water conservation is something we all should practice. Except for the air we breathe, water is the single most important element in our lives. Here are some tips to help you understand more about water use.

Outside Conservation Measures
  • Sprinklers: Don't water the pavement! Position sprinklers so that lawn and garden receive all of the water.
  • Driveways: Use a broom instead of a water hose to clear debris from patios, sidewalks, and driveways.
  • Lawn Care: Deep soak weekly in the morning or evening when the least evaporation occurs. Also aerate your lawn on a regular basis.
  • Landscaping: Drought-tolerant plants need less water. Mulch your garden to slow evaporation.
  • Mowing: Longer grass means less evaporation. Set your mower a notch or two higher in hot dry weather.
  • Car Washing: Use a bucket to wash your vehicle and keep a nozzle on the hose to save water.
  • Pool Care: Use a pool cover to keep the water clean and reduce the rate of evaporation. Recycle water for use on the lawn or garden.
  • Valves and Hoses: Regularly check pipes, hoses, valves. and faucets for leaks.
Inside Conservation Measures
  • Dishwasher and Washer: Run only full loads. When replacing, look for high-efficiency machines that use less water and are more energy efficient.
  • Drinking: Keep a bottle of water in the refrigerator or use ice instead of running the tap until the water is cold.
  • Toilet: Add food coloring to the water tank. If the color appears in the bowl without flushing, there is a leak. Replace the defective parts.
  • Shower: Install a water saving shower head. Turn the water off while soaping or shampooing.
  • Bathing: An average bathtub holds 50 gallons of water. Conserve water by only partially filling the tub.
  • Shaving: Use a partially filled sink or short blast of water to rinse your razor.
  • Pipes: Wrap hot water pipes with insulation to avoid waiting for hot water.
  • Faucets: Repair leaks and install a low-flow aerator.
  • Brushing Teeth: Don't run water while brushing. Fill a glass for rinsing.
Water is a precious commodity and there is a limited supply. Remember to use only the amount you actually need. Encourage your family to keep looking for new ways to conserve water in and around your home.

(Source: American Water Works Association)