Being water wise is not a hard thing to be. Everyone wants to help conserve valuable resources. Water is one of the most valauble ones there is. We couldn't live without it.
But what can an individual - or a single family - do to help? The answer is in these five simple suggestions. Follow them, and you'll be water wise, not water wasteful.
1Check every faucet in your home for leaks. A slow drip can waste 15 to 20 gallons a day. Fixing it can save you almost 6,000 gallons a year.
2Check every toilet in your home – Put a bit of food coloring in each toilet tank. Without flushing, watch for a few minutes to see if the color shows up in the bowl. It’s not uncommon to lose up to 100 gallons a day in one of these otherwise invisible toilet leaks. And that’s more than 30,000 gallons a year!
3Do not shower too long or fill the tub too full. Five minutes for showering and about five inches in the tub is plenty.
4Try to use automatic dish and clothes washing machines with a full load only. Even when the machines features short cycles, you’re being more efficient with your water if you wash only full loads.
5Most Important - use good sense when watering your lawn and garden. Water early or late in the day, not in the midday heat. Avoid watering on windy days. See that water goes where it should, not on the sidewalks or driveways. Stick a spade in the ground now and then to see if water is getting deep down. A good soaking encourages good root systems. But remember this: A single lawn sprinkler spraying five gallons per minute uses 50% more water in just one hour than a combination of ten toilet flushes, two loads, and a full load of clothes! So, be sensible. Check with local lawn and garden experts for best results, and check local watering regulations.
Just 5 suggestions, but they are basic elements of an effective water conservation program for you, your family, your friends-everyone. Don't let water go to waste. Do your part to use water wisely.