Conservation

Outdoor Conservation Tips

Indoor Conservation Tips

Helpful Conservation Links

How to Check for Leaks

 

 

 

Outdoor Conservation Tips

Did you know that outdoor water consumption typically accounts for at least 50% of residential water use? Try following these simple steps to conserve water outdoors.

 

Property Maintenance

Don’t let the water run while washing the car

Clean the car with a bucket of soapy water. Use the hose only to rinse it off.

Use a pool cover

Pool covers will prevent evaporation and decrease heat loss, saving water and energy.

Replace your swimming pool filter 

Sand and Diatomaceous Earth (DE) pool filters require backwashing.  You can save up to 20,000 gallons a year by replacing these filters with a cartridge filter.

 

 

Lawn Watering

Water your lawn only when it needs it

Over watering the lawn is a common wasteful practice.  Step on your lawn; if the grass springs back up when you remove pressure, it doesn’t need watering.

Water during the cool part of the day

Any place of business with a ¾” or larger water meter: volume charge based upon the previous month’s water consumption for each connection. 

Set your irrigation schedule for the season and your local conditions

Watering times will vary by season, climate, soil type, and plant types.

Replace sprinklers with drip irrigation when possible

Use drip irrigation for trees, shrubs, and flowerbeds. Drip systems use less water and direct water where it is required by the plant. 

Check your irrigation system often for broken sprinkler heads and irrigation tubing

Broken sprinkler heads waste water and can potentially damage your landscape. Check sprinkler heads, drip system emitters, and drip lines for breaks and cracks.

Install shut‐off nozzles on all garden hoses

Make sure your garden hose has an automatic shut‐off.

Don’t water the pavement

When your irrigation system is on, check for overspray. Position sprinkler heads to water lawns and gardens, not the pavement surrounding your landscape. Tune sprinkler heads so that the radius of spray is appropriate for the application. Try to keep a planted buffer between the lawn and the sidewalk to minimize runoff.

Avoid runoff on slopes

Try to avoid planting on slopes (especially lawns); if your lawn or garden is already on a slope you can reduce your watering times so that excess water does not run off. Create basins around plants to catch water and prevent runoff.

 

 

 

Indoor Conservation Tips

There are many ways of conserving water indoors. Here are a few guidelines to follow in making your home more water efficient:

 

In the Kitchen/Laundry Room

Equip faucets with aerators

Installing aerators on kitchen and bathroom sinks can reduce indoor water use by about 4%.

Operate your clothes washer and dishwasher with full loads only

By waiting until you have a full load of laundry or dishes, you’ll save on water and energy costs.

Don’t leave the water running if you hand wash dishes

Fill the sink or a pail to wash and rinse dishes.

Replace your clothes washer, the second highest water user indoors

New high‐efficiency clothes washers can reduce water and energy use by 40%.

 

 

In the Bathroom

Fix toilet leaks

Toilet leaks are easy to identify and fix. Check that the water level in your toilet tank is not above the overflow tube; the water level should be about an inch below the top of the tube. Also, check your toilet flapper for proper seating and wear. Over time the flapper in your toilet tank becomes worn and does not work effectively to stop leaks into to the toilet bowl. To test for a toilet leak, place a few drops of food coloring or a toilet dye tablet in your tank. Wait a few minutes. If the coloring appears in the bowl, you likely have a leak.  Free toilet dye tablets are available at the CLWSC Business Office.

Replace your old toilet, the largest water user indoors

If your toilet is from 1992 or earlier, you probably have an inefficient model that uses 3.5 gallons per flush or more. Consider replacing it with a new and improved high‐efficiency toilet. These new models use 1.3 gallons per flush or less.

Shower instead of using the bathtub and take shorter showers

A full bath tub can use 25‐70 gallons of water while taking a five‐minute shower uses 10 to 25 gallons. If you take a bath, stopper the drain immediately and adjust the temperature as you fill the tub.

Install low‐flow showerheads

Replace older showerheads with new efficient models that use 2.5 gallons per minute or less. Older models can use up to 7 gallons of water per minute and can waste thousands of gallons per month.

Turn off the tap while brushing your teeth or shaving

Remember that a typical faucet uses 2 gallons per minute.

 

 

Helpful Conservation Links

Here are some links to sites with more information to help you conserve water: