Water conservation comes naturally when everyone in the family learns simple water-saving methods around the home. This can make a big difference.
Can you list 10 ways you used water today?
Can you list items you used that require water for manufacturing? It takes 518 gallons of water to make a new car tire. And… it takes about six gallons of water to grow a single serving of lettuce! Just imagine not having enough water for all your needs.
READ ON TO LEARN HOW TO ECONOMIZE AND SAVE MONEY TOO!
Sparkle is the Public Works water "mascot". Our annual water quality report features Sparkle providing water-saving tips. Here are several that you'll find useful:
- Minimize use of kitchen sink garbage disposals. They require lots of water to operate. Start a compost pile as an alternate method to dispose of food waste, which will also give a boost to your garden.
- In the garden and yard:
Water during the early parts of the day. Avoid watering when it's windy. Water your lawn only when it needs it. When sprinkling, place an empty tuna can in the yard; when full, turn off the water. Add organic matter and use efficient watering systems for shrubs, flower beds and lawns. Plant drought-resistant shrubs and plants.
- Replacing an 18-liter flush toilet with an ultra-low volume 6-liter model provides 70% savings in water flushed and cuts indoor water use by about 30%.
- Washing a sidewalk or driveway with a hose uses about 50 gallons of water every 5 minutes. As much as 150 gallons of water can be saved when washing a car by turning the hose off between rinses. Use a broom, not a hose, to clean driveways and sidewalks.
- Use your dishwasher and clothes washer for full loads only. In most cases, pre-rinsing dishes is not necessary. With clothes washers, avoid the permanent press cycle; it uses an extra 5 gallons of water for an extra rinse. Replace old clothes washers with new Energy Star rated washers using 35 - 50% less water and 50% less energy. Are you in the market for a new clothes washer? Consider a water-saving front load model.
- Sparkle says: “Conserve!
• Watch how much water you use when doing dishes, brushing teeth, showering and washing your car.
• Fix leaks. A faucet that drips can waste up to 3,280 gallons a year.
• Reuse water when you can: A bucket in the shower can catch water for plants or clean-up jobs.
• Save energy by using less hot water.”
- If your water heater is not insulated, an insulation blanket can save you energy and money. Insulate the pipes surrounding it too.
- When running the water for it to heat it up, run it into a container and use for watering plants.
- Instead of running the tap to get water cold, keep water in the fridge.
- Wash cars on the grass to avoid sending pollution into storm drains and use a shut-off nozzle and wash your car in small sections.
- Sparkle says: “Save rain water: Learn how to make a rain garden..”
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) offers several ways to conserve water. Here are a few:
- US EPA Fixing Leaks at Home
- Every Drop Counts
- Water Sense for Kids