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97% of all water on the earth is salt water, which is not suitable for drinking.  2% of the suitable drinking water is frozen in ice caps and glaciers, and 1% is available for drinking.  With such a small amount of available drinking water it is imparitive we conserve it. 

Jan 31, 2018

Water Conservation Tips

Bathrooms: 

  • Do not let the water run while shaving or brushing teeth. 
  • Take short showers instead of baths.  Turn off the water flow while soaping or shampooing. 
  • if you must use a tub, close the drain beofre turning on the water and fill the tub only half full.  Bathe small children together.  
  • Never pour water down the drain when there may be another use for it, such as watering a plant or garden. 
  • A leaky toilet can waste 200 gallons per day.  To detect leaks in the toilet, add food coloring to the tank water or gravel in the tank of your conventional toilet.  Be sure it does not interfere with operation of the toilet's flush machanisms.  
  • Install low-flow aerators and showerheads.

Kitchen and Laundry: 

  • Keep drinking water in the refrigerator instead of letting the faucet run until the water is cool. 
  • Was fruits and vegetables in a basin.  Use a vegetable brush. 
  • Do not use water to defrost frozen foods, thaw in the refrigerator overnight. 
  • Use a dishpan for washing and rinsing dishes. 
  • Scrape, rather than rinse dishes before loading into the dishwasher. 
  • Add food wastes to your compost pile instead of using the garbage disposal. 
  • Use the appropriate water level or load size selection on the washing machine. 

Outside: 

  • Sweep driveways, sidewalks and steps rather than hosing off. 
  • When ysing a hose, control the flow with automatic shut-off nozzles. 
  • Avoild purchasing recreational water toys, which require a constant stream of water. 
  • If you have a swimming pool, consider a new water-saving pool filter. 
  • Lower pool water level to reduce amount of water splashed out. 
  • Use a pool cover to reduce evaporation when pool is not being used. 

Watering: 

  • Detech and repair all leaks in hoses and irrigation systems. 
  • Use properly treated wastewater for irrigation where available. 
  • Water the lawn or garden during the coolest part of the day (early morning before 10:00 am and after 6:00 pm or later is best).  Do not water on windy days. 
  • Water trees and shrubs, which have deep root systems, longer and less frequently than shallow-rooted plants which require smaller amounts of water more often. 
  • Set sprinklers to water the lawn or garden only -Not the street or sidewalk. 
  • Use soaker hoses and trickle irrigation systems. 
  • Install moisture sensors on sprinkler systems. 

Planting: 

  • Have your soil tested for nutrient content and add organic matter if needed.  Good soil absorbs and retains water better. 
  • Minimize turf areas and use native grasses. 
  • Use native plants in your landscape- They require less care and water than ornamental varieties. 

Ornamental Water Features: 

  • Do not install or use ornamental water features unless the recycle the water.  

Yard Maintenance: 

  • Use mulch around shrubs and garden plants to reduce evaporation from the soil surface and cut down on weed growth. 
  • Remove thatch and aerate turf to encourage movement of water to the root zone. 
  • Raise your lawn mower cutting height since longer grass blades help shade each other, cut down on evaporation and inhibit weed growth. 
  • Minimize or eliminate fertilizing, which requires additional watering, and promotes new growth that will also need additional watering. 

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