Saving water at home …

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

There are many simple things you can do to save water.

1.      When you are washing your hands, don’t let the water run while you lather.

2.      Turn off the water after you wet your toothbrush and save 25 gallons a month.There is no need to keep the water running while brushing your teeth. Just wet your brush and fill a glass for mouth rinsing. To save water and time, consider washing your face or brushing your teeth while in the shower.

3.      Take shorter showers. One way to cut down on water use is to turn off the shower after soaping up, then turn it back on to rinse. Another way is to replace you showerhead with an ultra-low-flow version. Some units are available that allow you to cut off the flow without adjusting the water temperature knobs. A four-minute shower uses approximately 20 to 40 gallons of water.

4.      Verify that your home is leak-free, because many homes have hidden water leaks. Read your water meter before and after a two-hour period when no water is being used. If the meter does not read exactly the same, there is a leak.

5.      Repair dripping faucets by replacing washers. If your faucet is dripping at the rate of one drop per second, you can expect to waste 2,700 gallons per year which will add to the cost of water and sewer utilities, or strain your septic system.

6.      When washing dishes by hand, don’t leave the water running for rinsing. Fill one sink or basin with soapy water than quickly rinse under a slow-moving stream from the faucet.

7.      Only run the dishwasher and washing machine with a full load. Use a lower setting than you think you’ll need in the washing machine—your clothes will get just as clean with less water. On the dishwasher, choose the short cycle.

8.      Don’t use running water to defrost meat; defrost in the refrigerator.

9.      Wash your fruits and vegetables in a pan of water instead of running water from the tap. Collect the water you use for rinsing fruits and vegetables, then reuse it to water houseplants.

10.   Store drinking water in the refrigerator rather than letting the tap run every time you want a cool glass of water.

Do you know more useful tips for saving water? Please share with us.

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