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Drought-Water conservation tips

February 20, 2002

Drought-Water conservation tips



Following are suggestions for ways to conserve water used indoors:

HEIGHT="6" ALT="* "> Shorten your shower time. Even a one- or two-minute reduction can save up to 700 gallons a month.

HEIGHT="6" ALT="* "> Use low-flow shower heads or flow restrictors in regular shower heads.

HEIGHT="6" ALT="* "> Put bathroom trash in the wastebasket and cigarettes in the ashtray instead of flushing them down the toilet.

HEIGHT="6" ALT="* "> Check toilets for leaks by dropping dye tablets or food coloring into the tank. If color appears in the bowl without flushing, there's a leak that should be repaired. It is not uncommon to lose up to 100 gallons of water a day through a leaking toilet.

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HEIGHT="6" ALT="* "> Turn off the water while brushing your teeth.

HEIGHT="6" ALT="* "> Fix leaking faucets and plumbing joints.

HEIGHT="6" ALT="* "> 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.

HEIGHT="6" ALT="* "> Run only full loads in the washing machine and dishwasher.

HEIGHT="6" ALT="* "> Keep a bottle in the refrigerator for drinking instead of running the tap for cold water.

HEIGHT="6" ALT="* "> Create an awareness of the need for water conservation among your children. Avoid the purchase of recreational water toys that require a constant stream of water.

Following are suggestions for ways to conserve water used outdoors:

HEIGHT="6" ALT="* "> Instead of running sprinklers every day, water your lawn only when needed or just give it a good soak once a week. If the grass springs back when you step on it, there's no need to water.

HEIGHT="6" ALT="* "> Water the lawn in the early morning or evening when there's less evaporation.

HEIGHT="6" ALT="* "> Plant drought-resistant native trees and plants. Adjust your sprinklers so they don't water the sidewalk, driveway and street. Skip watering the lawn on a windy day when there's too much evaporation.

HEIGHT="6" ALT="* "> Cut down watering on cool, over-cast or rainy days. Adjust or deactivate automatic sprinklers.

HEIGHT="6" ALT="* "> Set lawn mower blades one notch higher since longer grass means less evaporation.

HEIGHT="6" ALT="* "> Mulch in gardens and around trees helps keep the ground from overheating and holds moisture and slows down evaporation.

HEIGHT="6" ALT="* "> Avoid over-fertilizing your lawn. The application of fertilizers increases the need for water. Don't fertilize monthly; instead, apply fertilizers that contain slow-release, water-insoluble forms of nitrogen.

HEIGHT="6" ALT="* "> Check all hoses, connectors and spigots regularly. Replace hard leaky hose washers to eliminate leaks.

HEIGHT="6" ALT="* "> Avoid the installation of ornamental water features (such as fountains) unless the water used to fill it is recycled. Install them where there are minimal losses due to evaporation and wind drift.

HEIGHT="6" ALT="* "> Be aware of, and follow all water conservation rules and restrictions which may be in effect in your area.

Information provided by www.clwa.org/ conserverTips.htm and www.city.stratford.on.ca/ Water/savewater.htm.

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