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There are a number of ways to save water, and they all start with YOU.

 

Indoors

 

Find and fix all leaks. Check your toilets for leaks periodically, these leaks often go undetected. If you rent, report any leaks to your landlord.

Run the dishwasher and washing machine with full loads only, or adjust the water level to match the size of the laundry load.

Don't leave the water running when brushing your teeth, washing your hands, soaping up in the shower, or doing the dishes.

Take shorter showers.

Don't use the toilet as a wastebasket for garbage or disposing of outdated medications.

Install water-saving devices such as low-flow showerheads, shower shut-off valves, and faucet aerators. Free from the water conservation office.

Consider buying a Watersense Ultra High Efficiency toilet, which uses 1 gallon or less per flush. ($150 rebate).

When replacing your washing machine, choose a high efficiency, energy star labeled model ($100 rebate).

Outdoors

 

Attach a shut-off nozzle to your hose. Free from the water conservation office.

Use a broom, not a hose to clean driveways, patios, and sidewalks.

Collect shower water with a bucket while waiting for it it to heat up and use it to water your plants.

Apply 2 - 3 inches of mulch to retain moisture in the soil and prevent weeds.

Water before 10:00am to reduce evaporation and avoid watering during windy conditions.

Adjust your watering schedule with the weather and season. Cut your watering times in half during the fall and turn your timer off in the winter.

If you don't know how to operate your irrigation timer, learn. Most manuals can be found online.

Mow grasses higher, at 3 or 4 inches, to reduce water loss and promote healthy roots.

Check your sprinkler system for leaks and breaks regularly. Make sure sprinklers are pointed at the plants and water is not running to waste.

Use water-efficient irrigation such as drip systems, soaker hoses, or low volume sprinklers such as MP rotators.

Don't assume your plants need water. Check the soil moisture first using a soil probe or screw driver.

Hand water or manually turn on irrigation valves rather than relying on an automatic timer.

Select water-conserving plants which only need periodic watering when established.

Remove lawn that is not serving a functional purpose. Rebate available.

Consider supplementing your irrigation with a rainwater catchment system or greywater.

Last updated: 1/22/2014 2:57:05 PM