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)