Ways to Conserve Water
There are a number of ways to save water, and they, start with you. When you save water you save money.
- When washing dishes by hand, don’t let the water run while rinsing. Fill one sink with wash water and the other with rinse water.
- Run your clothes washer and dishwasher only when they are full.
- Install covers on pools and spas and check for leaks around your pumps.
- Use the garbage disposal sparingly.
- Monitor your water bill for unusually high use. Your bill and meter are tools that discover leaks.
- Wash your fruits and vegetables in a pan of water instead of running water from the tap.
- Use a broom or leaf blower instead of a hose to clean your driveway and sidewalks.
- When doing laundry match the water level to the size of the load.
- Teach your children to turn off faucets tightly after each use.
- Soak pots and pans instead of letting the water run while you scrape them clean.
- Avoid recreational water toys that require constant flow of water.
- Turn off water while brushing your teeth and save 25 gallons a month.
- If your toilet flapper doesn’t close after flushing, replace it.
- Share your conservation tips with friends and neighbors.
- Listen for dripping faucets and running toilets. Fixing a leak can save 300 gallons a month.
- Turn off water while you shave and save up to 300 gallons a month.
- When you have ice left in your cup from a take-out restaurant don’t throw it in the trash, use it to water a plant.
- Keep a bucket in the shower to catch water for plant watering.
To learn more, contact the Water Department at (276) 679-1160.