Water Conservation in a Drought
How to Conserve Water at Home
You can make small changes every day to help reduce your water use by combining as many of these ideas as possible to ensure you're doing your part:
- Limit lawn watering to twice per week. You can save 750 to 1,500 gallons per month. Make sure to water in the early morning or late evening and turn off the sprinklers if it's raining. Drip irrigation is the most efficient way to water your landscape.
- Plant drought-tolerant grass and plants. To reduce evaporation, lay mulch over any exposed soil and cut your grass to a slightly longer length.
- Wash your car with a bucket of water and a sponge. This is much more efficient than using a hose or going to a commercial car wash.
- Invest in a high-efficiency clothes washer, which can save over 10,000 gallons per year.
- Only run the dishwasher when it's full. Avoid pre-rinsing dishes if you know your dishwasher can handle removing stuck on food. Instead, simply scrape food into the sink. When doing dishes by hand, fill one side of the sink with wash water and the other with rinse water to avoid leaving the tap open.
- Install low-flow showerheads that use 2.5 gallons per minute or less. Then shorten your showers by one minute to save about 750 gallons per month.
- Check faucets, toilets, showerheads and pipes for leaks. Fix any you find right away to save up to 20 gallons per day.
- Limit the amount you flush the toilet. First, don't use it as a trash can or ashtray. Second, follow the saying, "If it's yellow, let it mellow," especially if you live alone.
Water Conservation at the Commercial Level
A little here and a little there really adds up, especially with millions of people on board. For more water conservation tips, or for help implementing the suggestions here, please contact Mr. Rooter® today.