Water is a limited resource, but is also essential to each of us every day. Water conservation is one important way to stretch existing water supplies. Remember that in single-family homes, a majority of the water utilized is outside. However, there are many measures that should be taken inside.
Here are some simple, but effective ways you can conserve water at home.
- Install a low-flow showerhead.
- Turn off the water when shaving, brushing your teeth and lathering in the shower.
- Take three-minute showers instead of baths.
- Put aerators in bathroom and kitchen sink faucets.
- Replace old, water-guzzling toilets with ultra low-flow models.
- Repair leaky toilets, faucets and pipes.
- Run only full loads in dishwashers and washing machines.
- Keep a pitcher of water in the refrigerator instead of running the tap while it cools
- Capture tap water in a watering can while waiting for hot water. Use this water for houseplants
- Irrigate your yard in the evening or morning when evaporation rates are lower.
- Landscape with drought-tolerant plants.
- Use a broom rather than hosing off driveways, patios or walkways.
- Adjust your sprinklers so they don't water the sidewalk or driveway.
- Wash your car with a bucket, sponge and hose with a shut-off valve.
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