Common uses for water and # gallons used per person, per day:
Lawn watering and pools: 25
Toilet flushing: 24
Car washing: 2.5
Drinking and cooking: 2
Garbage disposal: 1
- Check toilets for leaks and worn out, corroded, or bent parts.
- Purchase low flow toilets, faucets and showerheads to reduce water use by 20%.
- Avoid flushing the toilet unnecessarily.
- Take shorter showers.
- Don’t let water run while shaving, washing your face, or brushing your teeth.
- Minimize use of kitchen sink disposals; start a compost pile instead.
- Don’t use running water to thaw frozen foods, defrost overnight or in microwave.
- Use dishwater for watering plants or your garden.
- Fully load your dishwashing machine.
- Buy Energy Star appliances with water and energy saving options.
- Adjust washing machine water levels according to load size.
- Buy front-loading washing machines to use less water.
- Never install an inefficient water-to-air heat pump or air-conditioning system.
- Install water-softening systems only when necessary and turn off while on vacation.
Even numbered addresses may water on Mondays, Wednesdays and Saturdays only (ex: 3998 Smith Road)
- Don’t over-water or over-fertilize your lawn.
- Water lawns during early morning hours to reduce evaporation.
- Don’t let sprinklers water your street, driveway or sidewalk.
- Install water-efficient sprinklers and use soaker hoses.
- Regularly check sprinkler systems to be sure they are operating properly.
- Shut off automatic sprinkler systems when storms are approaching.
- Do not leave sprinklers or hoses unattended.
- Raise the mower blade to at least three inches; longer lawns hold moisture better.
- Mulch to retain moisture in the soil and control weeds.
- Plant native and/or drought-tolerant grasses, ground covers, shrubs and trees.
- Minimize the grass areas in your yard because less grass means less water.
- Do not hose down your driveway or sidewalk; use a broom.
- Check all hoses, connectors and spigots regularly. Replace or add washers if leaking.
- Avoid ornamental water features unless the water is recycled.
- Avoid recreational water toys that require a constant stream of water.
At Work and Around Town
- Encourage water conservation at the workplace, in employe manuals and training.
- Promote water conservation in community newsletters and on bulletin boards.
- Patronize businesses that practice and promote water conservation.
- Report broken pipes and open hydrants to the property owner or local authorities.