May 31, 2006

Water Saving Tips 6 of 10


  • Turn off the water while you brush your teeth and save 4 gallons a minute. That's 200 gallons a week for a family of four.
  • Buy a rain gauge to track how much rain or irrigation your yard receives. Check with your local water agency to see how much rain is needed to skip an irrigation cycle.
  • Encourage your school system and local government to help develop and promote a water conservation ethic among children and adults.
  • Teach your family how to shut off your automatic watering systems. Turn sprinklers off if the system is malfunctioning or when a storm is approaching.
  • Set a kitchen timer when watering your lawn or garden with a hose.
  • Make sure your toilet flapper doesn't stick open after flushing.
  • Make sure there are aerators on all of your faucets.
  • Next time you add or replace a flower or shrub, choose a low water use plant for year-round landscape color and save up to 550 gallons each year.
  • Install an instant water heater on your kitchen sink so you don't have to let the water run while it heats up. This will also reduce heating costs for your household.
  • Use a grease pencil to mark the water level of your pool at the skimmer. Check the mark 24 hours later. Your pool should lose no more than 1/4 inch each day.

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