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Wednesday, June 28, 2017

Tips for Conservation

Kitchen

  • Run Dishwasher only when full.
  • Don’t prerinse. You’ll save 20 gallons a load or 6,500 gallons per year.
  • Place an aerator on your faucet. An aerator mixes water with tiny bubble of air and reduces amount of water by up to half.
  • Fix leaky faucets.
  • Fill the basin or a dishpan to rinse fruits and vegetables instead of running the water.

Garden

WateringCan

  • Use a Drip Irrigation system for shrub beds, gardens and trees.
  • Use mulch in flowerbeds and gardens. Mulch shades the soil reducing evaporation of the water.
  • Use native and adapted plants that are more drought tolerant.
  • Add compost or peat moss to soil to improve its water-holding capacity.

 

 

Laundry

  • Wash only full loads. An automatic washing machine uses 32-59 gallons per load.
  • Whenever possible, use the lowest water-level setting for light, or partial loads.
  • Use cold water as often as possible. This saves energy and conserves hot water for other uses.

Bathroom

toilet

  • Don’t use your toilet as a wastebasket.
  • Use a toilet dam, plastic bottle, or bag to displace water in the tank. This works best on toilets manufactured prior to the 1980s, which use 5-7 gallons per flush.
  • Install a low-flow showerhead. This is the single most effective conservation step that can be taken in the home.

 

 

Lawn

  • Fix leaky hoses and hose connections.
  • Cut grass to a height of 3 inches. This shades soil to reduce evaporation and promotes deeper roots.
  • Water during the early morning or evening hours to reduce amount of water lost to evaporation.
  • Learn how much water your type of grass needs.

turf
Watering Frequency for Turf Grass
Buffalo Grass Every 2-5 weeks
Bermuda Grass Every 7-10 days
Zoysia Every 7-10 days
St. Augustine Every 5 days