Water Saving Ideas

The American Water Works Association recommends the following steps to help conserve water:

  • Don't over water your lawn. Only water every three to five days in the summer and 10 to 14 days in the winter.

  • To prevent water loss from evaporation, don't water your lawn during the hottest part of the day or when it is windy.

  • Only run the dishwasher and clothes washer when they are fully loaded.

  • Defrost frozen food in the refrigerator or in the microwave instead of running water over it.

  • When washing dishes by hand, use two basins - one for washing and one for rinsing rather than let the water run.

  • Use a broom, rather than a hose, to clean sidewalks and driveways.

  • If you have a swimming pool, get a cover. You'll cut the loss of water by evaporation by 90 percent.

  • Repair dripping faucets and leaky toilets. The American Water Works Association's Drip Calculator can help you figure out how many gallons of water are wasted if you have a leak.
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