TIPS FOR SAVING WATER
- Run the dishwasher only when full.
- Locate your master water shut-off valve in case a pipe bursts and you need to shut if off to avoid flooding.
- Insulate your water pipes, you'll get hot water faster.
- Turn off the water while brushing your teeth.
- Fix leaking faucets and toilets. Research has shown that an average of 8% (or more) of all home water use is wasted through leaks. Test for a leaking toilet by lifting the lid off the toilet tank and putting a few drops of food coloring into the bowl. Wait a few minutes, then look in the bowl. If the food coloring has made its way there, you have a leak.
- Use a broom instead of a hose to clean your driveway and sidewalk.
- If you wash your own car, use a hose nozzle and turn off the water while you soap up your car. Use phosphorous-free soap. It's better for the environment.
- Direct downspouts toward shrubs or trees
- Use a timer when watering. It is easy to forget and over water.
- Water your lawn in the early morning or in the evening when there is less evaporation. Don't water on windy days. Water is lost to evaporation or can be blown away from plants. If your sprinklers water the sidewalk, driveway or street, that's another 300 gallons down the drain!
- Deep soak your lawn. Water infrequently but thoroughly so that moisture soaks deep to the roots. This encourages deeper, healthier root systems and allows the lawn to go without irrigation for a longer period of time.
The District's Policies on water conservation