- Outdoor Water Use Facts
- Pools & Spas
- Water Consumption Facts
- Water Leak Facts
- Water Saving Tips
Water Saving Tips
There are many ways to save water inside; here are a few of the best ways to save lots of water. Of course, wise water habits can help too. For example, turn the water off when brushing teeth, shorten your showers and sweep your driveway instead of hosing it.
Low Flow Toilet Rebates: Many older toilets use 3.5 to 7 gallons per flush.
Appliances: Newer clothes washers and dishwashers do a better job and use less water.
Fix Leaks & Drips: Drips and leaks in your home’s plumbing can consume hundreds of gallons of water and run up your water and wastewater costs. Usually, leaks and drips are simple to fix. Fixing Leaks
Did you know?
- A faucet that drips once each second wastes 168 gallons of water a month. Worn washers usually cause leaking faucets.
- A toilet leak can waste up to 200 gallons per day. Leaking flush valves and leaking fill valves usually cause leaking toilets.
- Remember, fixing leaks saves you money on your water bill, but saves you even more money on your sewer charges.
The recipe for a perfect landscape includes many ingredients such as plant choice and placement, lawn seed choices, fertilizer, mulches and water. Like any recipe the amount of each ingredient is critical to the final result and should be measured carefully.
Proper fertilization will promote a healthy green lawn and reduce the amount of water your lawn needs to stay green.
Aerating lawns annually will help the water and fertilizer reach the roots. This should be done at a time of year when the soil is moist but not wet such as late June or early July. Aerating is recommended over dethatching or power raking unless the thatch layer is extremely thick.
Consider using soaker hoses or a drip irrigation system for your vegetable garden, shrub and flowerbeds. Slow application of the proper amounts of water applied directly to the roots promotes healthy growth.
When it rains, use the manual override or install a rain switch to turn off automatic sprinkler systems.
Tools to Save By:
Sprinkler Timers: No matter how you water - using a sprinkler system, drip irrigation or a hose-end sprinkler – you can get the convenience of a watering system that shuts itself off. Hose-end timers and newer irrigation system timers improve results and do the work while you play.
Soaker Hoses & Drip Systems: Get to the root of the matter and put the water where it will do the most good.