SOURCE WATER PROTECTION & WATER CONSERVATION
is a precious resource. It's important for all of us to save
water throughout the year but especially during dry spells. Check
faucets, toilets, and appliances for water leaks and fix them
ASAP. Locate the master water shut-off valve so you can find it
easily in an emergency.
|IN THE BATHROOM:
- Over 3/4 of the water used indoors is used in the bathroom---conservation efforts here can make a BIG difference!
- Take shorter showers.
- Turn off the water while brushing your teeth or shaving.
- Repair leaking faucets and toilets.
- Install low-flow aerators and showerheads.
- Don't use the toilet as a trash can---avoid unnecessary flushes.
|IN THE LAUNDRY:
- Run washing machines only when full.
- Allow heavily soiled clothes to soak in the washing machine to avoid multiple washes.
- A leaking
water fixture can waste 200 gallons each day. Low-flow
showerheads use 40% to 50% less water than conventional fixtures.
- Use a toilet
tank dye tablet to discover silent and costly tank leaks. Fix the
leak or install a low-flow toilet to save 20% to 50% of water used by conventional methods.
garbage disposals use a great deal of water and add unnecessary solids
to the sewer or septic system. Vegetable waste can be added to a
compost pile to benefit your garden.
- A short shower
saves 5 to 7 gallons per minute and uses 1/3 the amount of water a bath
takes. Filling the bathtub halfway saves 10 to 15 gallons.
|IN THE KITCHEN:
- Install a faucet aerator.
- Refrigerate a bottle of drinking water rather than running the water until it is cold enough to drink.
- Use a dishpan or fill up the sink for washing and rinsing dishes.
- Throw food waste into the trash, not the sinks' garbage disposal.
- Run dishwasher only when full.