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Water Conservation Ideas

Tips to Save Water

Saving water saves money and keeps water in lakes, rivers, streams and groundwater so fish and other aquatic fauna can live.

Indoor Use

  • Fix leaking faucets.
  • Use low-flush toilets.
  • Use flow aerators on faucets.
  • Take shorter showers.
  • Use your dishwater and clothes water only when you have a full load.
  • Do not use running water to thaw meat and other frozen foods.
  • Don't let water run while shaving, brushing your teeth or washing you face.

Outdoor Use

  • Water your lawn only when necessary.  It takes 660 gallons of water to supply 1,000 square feet of lawn with 1 inch of water.  (This is almost the same amount as you use inside the house in an entire week.)  As a general rule, established lawns do not need to be watered more often than every five to seven days.
  • Water lawns early in the morning when tempatures and wind speeds are lowest.
  • Don't allow sprinklers to water your street, driveway, or sidewalk.
  • During dry weather, raise the height of your mower so that you are cutting grass at the highest recommended height.  A higher cut encourages grass roots to grow deeper, shades the root system and holds soil moisture better than a closely clipped lawn.
  • Avoid over fertilizing your lawn.  Fertilizer applications increase the need for water.
  • Use mulch around trees and shrubs and in gardens beds to retain moisture in the soil.
  • Do not use the hose to clean your driveway or sidewalk.
  • Use a shut-off nozzle on your hose so that water flows only as needed.
  • Do not leave sprinklers of hoses unattended.
  • If you wash your car, park it on the grass and use hose with an automatic shut-off nozzle.


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