Water is Precious
Water is precious
Just 1% of the earth’s water is fresh, and only a portion of it is readily accessible. We need to respect and preserve this precious resource. This World Water Day, March 22 (and every day), let’s keep the following water-saving tips in mind. LOVE your water.
1. Install a Low-Flow Toilet
The toilet is the single largest water-using appliance in the home. About 1/3 of water used in homes is used for flushing the toilet. One flush can use about 3-4 gallons of water. A low-flow or dual-flush toilet can decrease this consumption by 70%.
2. Get a Rain Barrel
During the summer, garden and lawn watering account for 40% of residential water use. Rain barrels hold 50-80 gallons of water, and are a great source of water for all your gardening needs.
3. Only Run Your Washer When Full
You can save up to 1,000 gallons of water per month when you run your washing machine and dishwasher only when they’re full.
4. Fix Those Leaky Faucets
One faucet leaking one drop per second wastes up to 7 gallons – that’s 2,640 gallons per year! Plus the noise is annoying, right? Now you have another good reason to fix those faucets.
5. Use a Bucket and Sponge
You can save up to 80 gallons of water each time you wash your car by using a bucket of water instead of a hose.
6. Get a Reusable Water Bottle Water
One store-bought water bottle costs 1,550x the cost of one glass of tap water.
7. Plug the Sink
When hand-washing or rinsing dishes, plug the sink or use a dish tub instead of using running water. You can save 6,605 gallons per year!
8. Watch What You Pour Down the Drain
Do not pour anything down the road drain that you would not want to put directly into a river or stream. Household special waste such as chemicals, old paint, grease, and oil should be disposed of properly. Storm water is not treated, so it’s up to you to ensure that only clean water enters the storm sewer
9. Compost it!
Adding compost to your soil greatly enhances your landscape’s water-efficiency. Up to 50% of household waste is organic and can be composted instead of trashed. Items that cannot be composted include dairy products, animal or human waste, peanut or oil-based products, fish, meats, bones, fats, charcoal, and diseased or insect-infected plants.
10. Shower: In and Out
Try to take five minutes in the shower instead of ten. You can save over 27 gallons of water.
How do you conserve water? Let us know, so we can spread the word!