May 31, 2006

Water Saving Tips 7 of 10


  • Cut back on rinsing if your dishwasher is new. Newer models clean more thoroughly than older ones.
  • Use a screwdriver as a soil probe to test soil moisture. If it goes in easily, don't water. Proper lawn watering can save thousands of gallons of water annually.
  • Avoid overseeding your lawn with winter grass. Once established, ryegrass needs water every three to five days, whereas dormant Bermuda grass needs water only once a month.
  • Do one thing each day that will save water. Even if savings are small, every drop counts.
    When the kids want to cool off, use the sprinkler in an area where your lawn needs it the most.
  • Make sure your swimming pools, fountains, and ponds are equipped with recirculating pumps.
  • Bathe your young children together.
  • Landscape with Xeriscape trees, plants and groundcovers. Call your local conservation office for more information about these water thrifty plants.
  • Winterize outdoor spigots when temps dip to 20 degrees F to prevent pipes from bursting or freezing.
  • Insulate hot water pipes so you don't have to run as much water to get hot water to the faucet.
  • Wash your car on the grass. This will water your lawn at the same time.

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