Conservation is about all of us
Did you know…..Installing restrictive shower and faucet heads can save up to 50% of water used? …..In the average home, 2/3 of all water used indoors is used in the bathroom?…..Toilets use 33% of that indoor usage?…..The average person uses 80 gallons of water a day?…..The average family, 165 gallons per day?
Please use the following tips to help you do your part to conserve water.
- When mowing, use a mulching blade and leave grass clippings on your lawn. Grass clippings contain water and nitrogen which help keep your lawn green.
- Water only when needed. Most lawns need only one inch of water per week to stay healthy even during the hottest summer months.
- Water in the early morning to minimize evaporation and allow the water to soak to the roots.
- Do not water when it is windy out.
- Aerate your lawn in the spring to help loosen the soil and allow water to soak to the roots of the grass more easily.
- Use a sprinkler system that has a timer to better monitor your watering.
- Use plants that do not require much watering during the summer. (Stop by the District to see our water wise garden for examples.)
- Use mulch in your soil around your plants. 1″-2″ of mulch will help moisture stay in the soil and allow you to water less often.
- Water slowly enough to allow water to soak into the soil and not create run-off.
- Set sprinklers to water only areas you want watered. Avoid watering sidewalks and driveways.
- Use flow restrictive shower and faucet heads.
- Turn your faucet off while shaving and brushing your teeth.
- Check for leaks in all your faucets and toilets. Repair as necessary.
- Replace your old toilet with a new water efficient model. Older model toilets use 5-7 gallons per flush. New low consumption toilets use 1.6 gallons per flush.
- Use full loads in your dishwasher and washing machine. 1/2 loads use just as much water as a full load with only half the benefit.
- Use a broom to clean off driveways and sidewalks, not your hose.
- Use a hose with a shut-off nozzle to wash your car.
Did you know:
- An average leaky faucet can lose as much as 2000 gallons a year.
- A leaky toilet can lose up to 200 gallons a day costing an additional $54.00 per month at our highest rate tier.
- Leaving your water running while brushing your teeth wastes 5 gallons per minute.
- 50%-70% of household water is used outside to water lawns and gardens.
- Only 1% of the world’s water is drinkable.
- A person can live about a month without food, but only about a week without water.