Calendar of Events
1. 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.
2. Adjust sprinklers so only your lawn is watered and not the house, sidewalk, or street.
3. Run your clothes washer and dishwasher only when they are full. You can save up to 1,000 gallons a month.
4. Monitor your water bill for unusually high use. Your bill and water meter are tools that can help you discover leaks
5. If your shower fills a one-gallon bucket in less than 20 seconds, replace the showerhead with a water-efficient model.
6. Collect the water you use for rinsing fruits and vegetables, then reuse it to water houseplants.
7. We’re more likely to notice leaks indoors, but don’t forget to check outdoor faucets, sprinklers and hoses for leaks.
8. When buying new appliances, consider those that offer cycle and load size adjustments. They’re more water and energy efficient.
9. Shorten your shower by a minute or two and you’ll save up to 150 gallons per month.
10. Adjust your lawn mower to a higher setting. A taller lawn shades roots and holds soil moisture better than if it is closely clipped.
11. 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.
12. When running a bath, plug the tub before turning the water on, then, adjust the temperature as the tub fills up.
13. Designate one glass for your drinking water each day or refill a water bottle. This will cut down on the number of glasses to wash.
14. Grab a wrench and fix that leaky faucet. It’s simple, inexpensive, and you can save 140 gallons a week
15. Teach your children to turn off faucets tightly after each use
16. Don’t water your lawn on windy days when most of the water blows away or evaporates
17. Turn off the water while brushing your teeth and save 25 gallons a month.
18. Set a kitchen timer when watering your lawn or garden to remind you when to stop. A running hose can discharge up to 10 gallons a minute.
19. If your toilet flapper doesn’t close after flushing, replace it.
20. Use a grease pencil to mark the water level of your pool at the skimmer. Check the mark 24 hours later to see if you have a leak.
21. When you save water, you save money on your utility bills too. Saving water is easy for everyone to do.
22. Use a hose nozzle or turn off the water while you wash your car. You’ll save up to 100 gallons every time.
23. Share water conservation tips with friends and neighbors.
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