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. Collect the water you use while rinsing fruit and vegetables, and use it to water your houseplants.
2. When running a bath, plug the bathtub before turning on the water. Adjust the temperature as the tub fills.
3. Grab a wrench and fix that leaky faucet. It’s simple, inexpensive, and you can save 140 gallons a week.
4. Plant in the spring and fall when watering requirements are lower.
5. Adjust the lawn mower to the height of 1.5 to 2 inches. Taller grass shades roots and holds soil moisture better than short grass.
6. Mulch instead of bagging your grass, or just leave the clippings. This cools the ground and holds moisture.
7. If walking across the lawn leaves footprints (blades don’t spring back up), then it is time to water.
8. Water your summer lawn once every three days.
9. Water your plants only when necessary. More plants die from over watering than under watering.
10. Use sprinklers that deliver big drops of water close to the ground. Smaller drops and mist often evaporate before it can be absorbed.
Written by Eric Rickert