Small changes in your water use add will add up to a big impact. Conserving water is important to everyone, because our fresh water supply is limited. Thanks to our friends at wateruseitwisely.com for helping us with our tips.
1. Don’t use running water to thaw food. For water efficiency and food safety, defrost your food in the refrigerator.
2. When washing your hands, turn the water off while you lather.
3. Monitor your water bill for unusually high use. Your water bill and water meter are tools that can help you discover leaks.
4. Consider Xeriscaping; this method of landscaping eliminates or greatly reduces the need for watering.
5. Spreading a layer of Organic mulch around plants and on top of planting beds helps the plants retain moisture, reducing the need to water, and it helps minimize weed growth.
6. For instant savings and water conservation redirect downspouts to flowerbeds and other water loving plants.
7. Install Rain barrels to harvest water from your roof to supplement your landscaping watering.
8. Learn how to shut off your automatic watering system in case of malfunctions and rain, or consider installing a WaterSense® labeled irrigation controller. WaterSense® labeled irrigation controllers, act like a thermostat for your sprinkler system telling it when to turn on and off, use local weather and landscape conditions to tailor watering schedules to actual conditions on the site. Don’t be the person with the sprinkler system running while it’s raining. (www.epa.gov)
9. Wash your pets outdoors, in an area of your lawn that needs water.
10. Avoid buying recreational water toys that require a constant flow of water.
Written by Eric Rickert