Next to air, water is the most important element for the preservation of life. Water is a finite commodity which, if not managed properly, will…
Next to air, water is the most important element for the preservation of life. Water is a finite commodity which, if not managed properly, will result in shortages in the near future. Water conservation can go a long way to help alleviate these impending shortages.
Put a few drops of food coloring in your toilet tank. If, without flushing, the coloring begins to appear in the bowl., you have a leak that may be wasting more than 100 gallons of water a day.
Every cigarette butt or tissue you flush away also flushes away five to seven gallons of water.
Put an inch or two of sand or pebbles in the bottom of a one liter bottle to weigh it down. Fill the rest of the bottle with water and put it in your toilet tank, safely away from the operating mechanism. In an average home, the bottle may save five gallons or more of water every day without harming the efficiency of the toilet. If your tank is big enough, you may even be able to put in two bottles.
A typical shower uses five to ten gallons of water a minute. Limit your showers to the time it takes to soap up, wash down and rise off. The best way is to stick on your favorite song and when the song finishes switch off the shower... here's our suggestion; see you in 4 minutes 54 seconds
Your hardware or plumbing supply store stocks inexpensive shower heads or flow restrictors (these can cost less that 4 dollars) that will cut your shower flow to about three gallons a minute instead of five to ten. They are easy to install, and your showers will still be cleansing and refreshing.
A partially filled tub uses less water than all but the shortest showers.
Before brushing, wet your brush and fill a glass for rinsing your mouth.
Fill the bottom of the sink with a few inches of warm water in which to rinse your razor.
Even a small drip can waste 50 or more gallons of water a day.
Every time you run your dishwasher, you use about 25 gallons of water.
Your automatic washer uses 30 to 35 gallons per cycle.
Rinse your vegetables instead in a bowl or sink full of clean water.
This puts a stop to the wasteful practice of running tap water to cool it for drinking.
If you have two sinks, fill one with rinse water. If you have only one sink, first gather all your washed dishes in a dish rack, then rinse them quickly with a spray device or a pan of water.
Leaks waste water 24 hours a day, seven days a week. An inexpensive washer is usually enough to stop them.
Watering on a regular schedule doesn't allow for cool spells or rainfall which reduce the need for watering. Step on some grass. If it springs back up when you move your foot, it doesn't need water.
When you do water your lawn, water it long enough for water to seep down to the roots where it is needed. A light sprinkling that sits on the surface will simply evaporate and be wasted.
Early morning is better than dusk since it helps prevent the growth of fungus.
Position your sprinklers so that water lands on your lawn or garden, not in areas where it does no good. Also, avoid watering on windy days when much of your water may be carried off to the streets and sidewalks.
Many beautiful trees and plants thrive without irrigation.
Mulch slows the evaporation of moisture.
Using a hose wastes hundreds and hundreds of gallons of water every year. Get out your Nimbus 2000 and use it.
Soap down your car from a pail of soapy water. Use a hose only to rinse it off.
Children love to play under a hose or sprinkler on a hot day. Unfortunately, this practice is extremely wasteful of precious water and should be discouraged.
Leaks outside the house are easier to ignore since they since they don't mess up the floor or keep you awake at night. However, they can be even more wasteful than inside water leaks especially when they occur on your main water line.
Credit: Volusia County
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