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Water Conservation

Did you know that less than 1% of the water on the Earth can be used by people?  The rest is salt water or is permanently frozen and we can't drink it, wash with it, or use it to water plants.

 

Water is essential to life on earth. We need water to grow food, keep clean, provide power, control fire, and last but not least, we need it to stay alive!

 

If water is constantly being cleaned and recycled through the earth’s water cycle, why do we need to conserve it? The answer is that people use up our planet’s fresh water faster than it can naturally be replenished.

10 Easy Steps to Help Conserve Water!
  1. Water your lawn only when it needs it, DO NOT water between the hours of 10:00 am and 6:00 pm. Step on your grass. If it springs back, when you lift your foot, it doesn't need water. So set your sprinklers for more days in between watering. Saves 750 - 1,500 gallons per month. Better yet, especially in times of drought, water with a hose. And best of all, convert your lawn to native plants.
  2. Fix leaky faucets and plumbing joints. Saves up to 600 gallons per month for every leak stopped.
  3. Don't run the hose while washing your car. Use a bucket of water and a quick hose rinse at the end. Saves 150 gallons each time. For a two-car family that's up to 1,200 gallons a month.
  4. Install water-saving shower heads or flow restrictors. Saves 500 to 800 gallons per month.
  5. Run only full loads in the washing machine and dishwasher. Saves 300 to 800 gallons per month.
  6. Shorten your showers. Even a one or two minute reduction can save up to 700 gallons per month.
  7. Use a broom instead of a hose to clean driveways and sidewalks. Saves 150 gallons or more each time. At once a week, that's more than 600 gallons a month.
  8. Don't use your toilet as an ashtray or wastebasket. Saves 400 to 600 gallons per month.
  9. Capture tap water. While you wait for hot water to come down the pipes, catch the flow in a watering can to use later on house plants or your garden. Saves 200 to 300 gallons per month.
  10. Don't water the sidewalks, driveway, or gutter. Adjust your sprinklers so that water lands on your lawn or garden where it belongs--and only there. Saves 500 gallons per month.

It's so simple to conserve water and dramatically help the environment... and your checkbook.


Saving water is good for the earth, your family, and your community.

 

  • When you use water wisely, you help the environment. You save water for fish and animals. You help preserve drinking water supplies. And you ease the burden on wastewater treatment plants—the less water you send down the drain, the less work these plants have to do to make water clean again.
  • When you use water wisely, you save energy. You save the energy that your water supplier uses to treat and move water to you, and the energy your family uses to heat your water.
  • When you use water wisely, you save money. Your family pays for the water you use. If you use less water, you’ll have more money left to spend on other things.


Using water wisely means conserving it when you can, and not wasting it.


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