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Why Conserve Your Water?
With population and industry growth comes a greater thirst for water. Water is a limited resource that can quickly become scarce if we do not take measures to conserve and protect it. Keeping Water Plentiful Although we are surrounded by water, most is not drinkable. In fact, only 3% of the world’s water is fresh water and of this, 2/3 is stored in icecaps and glaciers. This leaves only 1% of the world’s water available for drinking. Keeping Water Clean Conserving water is only half the battle. To ensure that are water needs will always be met, we must protect our water supplies against the constant threat of pollution. Everyone’s Responsibility Working to protect our precious water supplies is critical. Read on to learn more about how conserving water can benefit you and your environment.
Save Money – By conserving, you can save on your water and utility bills, sewer and septic costs.
Save Energy – You’ll save energy by reducing the amount of hot water you use and by saving electricity used to pump water.
Save the Environment – Conserving water helps ease the burden on conveyance, treatment, storage, and distribution facilities.
Easy Saving Tip – If your water heater is not insulated, an insulation blanket can help you save energy and money. Always follow installation instructions carefully!
Save Water Indoors When:
Doing Dishes – When you wash dishes by hand, use wash and rinse basins rather than running water. Soak pots and pans before washing. Use minimal detergent so you don’t have to rinse as much. If you use a dishwasher, do only full loads and avoid extra cycles.
Preparing Food – Thaw frozen food in your refrigerator and wash foods in a basin rather than using running water.
Washing Up – Try a faucet aerator on your sink to reduce water use while maintaining flow. Take shallow baths. Keep showers short and use a low-flow showerhead. A flow restrictor lets you maintain the faucet setting and shut off water at the showerhead while soaping or shampooing.
Using the Toilet – Flush only when necessary. If your toilet is not a low-flow model, you can install a water-saving displacement device in the tank to reduce the amount of water needed to flush.
Washing Clothes – Match your washer’s water level to your load size. Repair any leaks from faucets, hose connections or pipes.
Save Water Outdoors When:
Cleaning Driveways, Sidewalks and Walkways – Instead of the hose, use a broom or leaf blower to remove dead leaves and other debris.
Using Hoses – Repair all leaks and install a water-saving shutoff nozzle that can be adjusted to fit the task at hand.
Watering Lawns and Gardens – Water during the morning or evening to avoid excess evaporation. Use mulch around shrubs to save moisture. Use drought-tolerant and native plants.
Using and Maintaining the Pool – Watch the water level to avoid unnecessary spillage and use a cover to prevent excess evaporation.
Washing the Car – Don’t let the water run while washing your car. A shutoff nozzle on your hose will help.
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