Tips for Water Conservation

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Water conservationOur water is finite, which means that we do not have an unlimited supply.  97% of all the water on earth is salt water, which only leaves 3% fresh water, and only 1% of the fresh water is available for drinking water.  You may say where did the other 2% of the fresh water go? It is locked in ice caps and glaciers.

This is why it is important that we create the habits that help us conserve our water supply.  A habit means that it becomes natural for us and that only habits through practice.

Here are ten ways you can begin creating the habits in your family.

Tip #1: Run your clothes washer and dishwasher only when they are full. You can save up to 1,000 gallons a month.

Tip #2: Use your garbage disposal sparingly. Compost vegetable food waste instead and save gallons every time.

Tip #3: Water your lawn and garden in the morning or evening when temperatures are cooler to minimize evaporation.

Tip #4: Wash your fruits and vegetables in a pan of water instead of running water from the tap.  Then re-use the water-to-water houseplants.

Tip # 5: You can save up to 150 gallons of water per month, per family member by shortening your shower by a minute or two.  You might want to consider pre-ordering the Epiphany!

Tip #6: Put food coloring in your toilet tank. If it seeps into the toilet bowl without flushing, you have a leak. Fixing it can save up to 1,000 gallons a month.

Tip #7: Decrease water waste on sloping lawns, apply water for five minutes and then repeat two to three times. A running hose can release up to 10 gallons a minute. Set your kitchen timer to remind you to turn it off.

Tip #8: Here’s a win-win. Wash dark clothing in cold water it will save both water and energy, not too mention your clothing we hold its color longer.

Tip #9: Inspect your home inside and outside for leaks.  Fixing a leak can save 300 or more gallons per month.

Tip #10: Turn off the water while you shave and brush your teeth.

With a little bit of extra effort and practice we can save significant amounts of water, ensuring that future generations will have a sufficient supply of water.