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Water Conservation Efforts

In the kitchen:

  • Minimize the use of kitchen sink disposals (they use a lot of water to operate properly). Instead, start a compost pile.

  • Store drinking water in the refrigerator rather than letting the tap run to get a cool glass of water.

  • Do not use running water to defrost meat or frozen foods; defrost them overnight in the refrigerator.

  • When washing dished by hand, fill one basin with soapy water. Quickly rinse under a slow stream from the faucet. Use the dirty water to run your sink disposal if necessary.

  • Only run the dishwasher when fully loaded.

In the bathroom:

  • Check toilets for leaks by adding food coloring to the tank. If the toilet is leaking, color will appear in the tank within 30 minutes.

  • Check toilets for worn out, corroded or bent parts.

  • Consider purchasing low flow toilets that cut water use by 20 percent.

  • Avoid unnecessary flushing. Dispose of tissues, insects, etc. in the trash.

  • Replace your shower head with a low flow version.

  • Take shorter showers. Try a “Navy” shower; get wet, turn off the water, soap and scrub, then turn on the water to rinse.

  • In the shower, regulate water temperature by decreasing hot or cold water flow.

  • Don’t let the water run while washing your face, shaving or brushing your teeth.

Around the house:

  • Adjust your washing machine to use less water.

  • Install a hot water re-circulation system.

  • Never put water down the drain that can be used for cleaning or watering plants.

  • Reuse fish tank water on your plants—it makes great fertilizer.

  • Repair dripping faucets.

  • Install flow restrictors on all faucets.

  • Insulate your water pipes. You’ll get hot water faster.

In the yard:

  • Raise your lawn mower blade to at least three inches. A higher cut encourages grass roots to grow deeper, shades the root system and holds soil moisture.

  • Go easy on the fertilizer. They increase the need for water and are a source of water pollution.

  • Mulch to retain moisture in the soil.

  • Control weeds. They compete with plants for water.

  • Minimize the grass areas, because less grass means less water.

  • Cut back plants that wilt or show die-back to reduce their need for water from the roots.

  • Collect rainwater and the water that drips from your air conditioning unit to water plants.

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