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.
- 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.
- 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.