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Water Conservation

To conserve water, practise these water saving tips -

When caring for your lawn and gardening:

  • Adjust your lawn mower to a higher setting. Longer grass will reduce the loss of water to evaporation.
  • When you clean your fish tank, use the water you’ve drained on your plants. The water is rich in nitrogen and phosphorus, providing you with a free and effective fertilizer.
  • While fertilizers promote plant growth, they also increase water consumption. Apply the minimum amount of fertilizer needed.
  • Start a compost pile. Using compost when you plant adds water-holding organic matter to the soil.
  • Cut back on the amount of grass in your yard by planting shrubs and ground cover or landscaping with rocks.
  • Use a screwdriver as a soil probe to test soil moisture. If it goes in easily, don’t water. Proper lawn watering can save thousands of gallons of water annually.
  • Don’t water your lawn on windy days. After all, sidewalks and driveways don’t need water.
  • Water small areas of grass by hand to avoid waste.
  • Water deeply but less frequently to create healthier and stronger landscapes.
  • When watering grass on steep slopes, use a soaker hose to prevent wasteful runoff.
  • To get the most from your watering time, group your plants according to their water needs.
  • Set a kitchen timer when watering your lawn or garden with a hose.
  • Choose a water-efficient drip irrigation for your trees, shrubs, and flowers. Watering roots is very effective, be careful not to over water.
  • More plants die from over-watering than from under-watering. Be sure only to water plants when necessary.
  • Water only as rapidly as the soil can absorb the water.
  • If your grass is brown, it’s not dead, it’s just dormant. Dormant grass only needs to be watered every three weeks. When the rain begins, your grass will turn green again.
  • Remember to weed your lawn and garden regularly. Weeds compete with other plants for nutrients, light, and water.
  • Use porous materials for walkways and patios to keep water in your yard and prevent wasteful runoff.
  • Avoid installing ornamental water features unless the water is being recycled.
  • Mow your lawn as infrequently as possible. Mowing puts your lawn under additional stress, causing it to require more water.
  • Prune back heavy foliage. Reducing leaf area reduces water needs.
  • Aerate your lawn. Punch holes in your lawn about six inches apart so water will reach the roots rather than run off the surface.

 

At home:

  • When doing laundry, match the water level to the size of the load.
  • Wash clothes only when you have a full load and save up to 600 gallons each month.
  • Teach your children to turn the faucets off tightly after each use.
  • Don’t buy recreational water toys that require a constant flow of water.
  • Before you lather up, install a low-flow showerhead. They’re inexpensive, easy to install, and can save your family more than 500 gallons a week.
  • Soak your pots and pans instead of letting the water run while you scrape them clean.
  • Select the proper size pans for cooking. Large pans require more cooking water than may be necessary.
  • Choose new water-saving appliances, like washing machines that save up to 20 gallons per load.
  • Listen for dripping faucets and toilets that flush themselves. Fixing a leak can save 500 gallons each month.
  • Make sure you know where your master water shut-off valve is located. This could save gallons of water and damage to your home if a pipe were to burst.
  • Turn the water off while you shampoo and condition your hair and you can save more than 50 gallons a week.
  • Turn off the water while you brush your teeth and save 4 gallons a minute. That’s 200 gallons a week for a family of four.
  • Turn off the water while you shave and you can save more than 100 gallons a week.
  • Install a toilet dam or bottle filled with water in your toilet tank to cut down on the amount of water used for each flush. Be sure these devices do not interfere with operating parts.
  • Insulate your water pipes.  You’ll get hot water faster and avoid wasting water while it heats up.
  • Use a hose nozzle and turn off the water while you wash your car to save more than 100 gallons.
  • Bathe your pets outdoors in an area in need of water.
  • Direct downspouts or gutters toward shrubs or trees.
  • If you have an evaporative air conditioner, direct the water drain to a flower bed, tree, or your lawn.
  • Use a grease pencil to mark the water level of your pool at the skimmer. Check the mark 24 hours later. Your pool should lose no more than 1/4 inch each day.
  • Make sure your swimming pools, fountains, and ponds are equipped with re-circulating pumps.
  • Pick-up the phone and report significant water losses from broken pipes, open hydrants and errant sprinkers to the property owner or your water authority.
  • Encourage your friends and neighbors to be part of a water-conscious community
  • Encourage your school system and local government to help develop and promote a water conservation ethic among children and adults.
  • Make suggestions to your employer to save water (and dollars) at work.
  • Try to do something each day that will result in saving water. Every drop counts!
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