August 22nd, 2017

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Water Department

Water Saving Tips





Saving Water in the Bathroom


1. Check toilet for leaks. Place a small quantity of food coloring in the toilet tank and if, without flushing, the color begins to appear in bowl, there is a leak that should be repaired immediately.


2. NEVER use the toilet as an ashtray or wastebasket. Each time a cigarette butt, facial tissue, or other small bits of trash are flushed in the toilet, the homeowner wastes five to seven gallons of water. Cigarette butts can quickly and safely be extinguished with a small quantity of water from the tap and then disposed of safely in the trash along with tissues or other refuse.


3. To cut down on water waste, put an inch or two of sand pebbles inside two or three plastic bottles to weigh them down. Fill them the rest of the way with water and place them inside the toilet tank. In an average home, the bottles may displace and save ten or more gallons of water a day.


4. Take shorter showers and encourage others in the home to do the same. Long, hot showers can waste five to ten gallons every unneeded minute they are kept running.


5. Keep a bottle of drinking water in the refrigerator. Running tap water to cool it off for drinking water is wasteful.


6. Check faucets and pipes for leaks.


7. Turn off the water after you wet your toothbrush. There is no need to keep water pouring down the drain. Just wet your brush and fill a glass for mouth rinsing.


8. Rinse your razor in the sink. Fill the bottom of a sink with a few inches of warm water. This will rinse your blade as well as running water. And far less wastefully.


9. Check faucets and pipes for leaks. Even the smallest drip from a worn washer can waste 20 or more gallons a day. Large leaks can waste hundreds.



Saving water in the kitchen and laundry


1. Use your automatic dishwasher only for full loads.


2. Use your automatic washing machine only for full loads.


3. If you wash dishes by hand, don’t leave the water running for rinsing. If you have two sinks, fill one with soapy water and one with rinse water. If you have only one sink, gather washed dishes in a dish rack and rinse them with a spray device or a panful of hot water.


4. Don’t let the faucet run while you clean vegetables. Just rinse them in a stoppered sink or a pan of clean water.


5. Keep a bottle of drinking water in the refrigerator. Running tap water to cool it off for drinking water is wasteful.


6. Check faucets and pipes for leaks.



Saving water outside


1. Water the lawn only when it needs it. Lawns and flowerbeds typically need only an inch of rain each week. If the home has a sprinkler system, don’t allow it to run unnecessarily – turn it off those weeks when rain has provided the required moisture (one inch). A good way to see if your lawn needs watering is to step on the grass. If it springs back up when you move, it doesn’t need water. If it stays flat, fetch the sprinkler or turn the automatic system back on.


2. Deep soak your lawn. When watering, sprinkle long enough for the moisture to soak down to the roots where it can do the most good. A light sprinkling can evaporate quickly and tends to encourage shallow root systems. With flowerbeds place rain gauges in strategic spots to check the amount of rain received. No rain gauge, a coffee can hidden in the flowerbed can provide the same information.


3. Water during the cool parts of the day. Early morning generally is better than dusk since the sun will help to prevent fungus growth such as black spot on roses and other fungal plant problems.


4. Don’t water the gutter. Position sprinklers so water lands on the lawn or garden, not on the paved areas. Also avoid watering on windy days when evaporation will rob much of the intended moisture from plants and lawn.


5. Practice xeroscopic gardening by planting drought resistant and low water usage plants and trees. Many beautiful plants and trees thrive with far less watering than other species and can create a landscape designed not only for beauty but to reduce water usage.


6. Place a layer of mulch around trees and plants to reduce evaporation of moisture and discourage weed growth. Mulch will also assist in reducing the amount of time needed to maintain weed free flowerbeds.


7. Use a broom, not a hose, to clean driveways and sidewalks. Gallons of water can be wasted in this manner and is detrimental to healthy lawns and flowerbeds.


8. Don’t leave the hose on while washing a car. Using a pail of soapy water can be just as effective. Use the hose to rinse off the soap and then turn the faucet off.


9. Check your hoses to be sure the washer just inside the end is still in good condition and not dried out. Replacement of the washer can be a simple and inexpensive fix to a hose leak that occurs at the faucet or where a sprinkler head is attached.


10. Discourage children from playing with the hose and sprinklers.


11. Check for leaks in pipes, hoses, faucets and couplings. Keep your sprinklers and other attachments in good working order. Repair or replace damaged items.