Home Water Conservation

Home Improvement

Home Water Conservation

With many parts of the country suffering from near-drought conditions, it’s time to think about how you as a homeowner can help conserve water (and save money in the bargain). What follows are a list of tips that show how.

-Check your toilets for leaks – place a drop of food coloring in the tank. If the color shows up in the bowl, repair the leak pronto.

- To reduce the water required to flush, put a quart plastic bottle of water in the tank and save one quart per flush.

- Have the float level adjusted to reduce the water needed.

- Don’t use the toilet as a trash receptacle.

- Replace your old toilet if it was manufactured before 1992. Newer toilets use only 1.6 gallons per flush.

- Avoid using caustic toilet bowl cleaners because they can erode plastic and rubber parts which contribute to leaks.

- Flush less frequently, and if the toilet handle sticks, replace or adjust it.

- Take showers instead of tub baths, and limit shower time to two minutes or less.

-Install a flow-control device in your showers.

-Turn off water while you shave, lather your hands and brush your teeth.

- Don’t use your clothes washing machine with less than a full load or use a lower water-level setting.

- Save hand-washing jobs and do several items at one time. Example: wash a week’s supply of hosiery rather than daily.

- Replace your clothes washer. Newer models can use up to 50 percent less water than older ones.

-Check your clothes washer hoses regularly for cracks that could result in leaks.

-Use the garbage disposal only once per dishwashing session.

-Use the least water necessary to cook foods like frozen vegetables and stews. You'll preserve nutrients as well as save water.

-Run the dishwasher only when it is completely full.

-Water the lawn less frequently. Frequent watering encourages shallow roots.

-Water between midnight and 6 a.m. to reduce evaporation losses, and water dry areas by hand.

-Install an automatic sprinkler system, which is much more water efficient than hand watering.

-Use a plastic garbage can to collect rainwater for use in watering plants or washing the car.

-Use a drip system for gardens, which encourages strong root systems and cuts down on evaporation.

-Plant drought-resistant plants and trees. Remove weeds promptly – they rob other plants of water.

-Mow less – mowing puts grass under stress, which makes it need more water.

-Don’t use the hose to clean driveways and decks. Use a broom.

-When washing the car, get it wet then turn off the water while you soap the car down. Use the hose only for the final rinse.

-Cover your swimming pool to reduce evaporation loss, and recycle your pool water.

-Mulch shrubs and garden plants to retain moisture in the soil longer.