Wa­ter-wise tips that save costs too

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IN LIGHT of the low­er­ing dam lev­els due to the warm weather and long pe­riod of low rain­fall, all con­sumers are re­quested to use wa­ter spar­ingly.

All con­sumers are ad­vised to use the fol­low­ing wa­ter-sav­ing tips in or­der to re­duce their wa­ter con­sump­tion un­til the dam lev­els have im­proved:

In­door wa­ter sav­ing tips

ýWash only full loads of laun­dry in your wash­ing ma­chine or full loads of dishes in your dish­washer.

ý Min­i­mize faucet use when shav­ing, brush­ing teeth and wash­ing dishes.

ýShorten your shower time to five min­utes or less to save big on wa­ter and en­ergy costs.

ýTake show­ers in­stead of baths. A bath­tub holds up to 189 litres of wa­ter, while a typ­i­cal shower uses less than 76 litres.

ýAvoid flush­ing the toi­let un­nec­es­sar­ily. Dis­pose of tis­sue and other sim­i­lar waste in the trash rather than the toi­let.

ýDon’t pre-rinse dishes. Check to see if your dish­washer can clean dishes with­out pre-ris­ing them.

ýReuse clean house­hold wa­ter. Col­lect all the wa­ter that is wasted while wait­ing for the hot wa­ter to reach your faucet or show­er­head. Use this to wa­ter your house­plants or out­door planters.

Out­door wa­ter sav­ing tips

ýFix leak­ing faucets and toi­lets. Re­search has shown that an av­er­age of 8% or more of all home wa­ter use is wasted through leaks.

Drip­pings faucets can be quickly iden­ti­fied and re­paired but other leaks are less ob­vi­ous.

Test­ing for leaks is easy. For ex­am­ple, test for a leak­ing toi­let by putting a few drops of food colour­ing into the wa­ter tank. If the colour­ing ap­pears in the bowl, you have a leak. that needs re­pair­ing.

ýSweep drive­ways and side­walks in­stead of hos­ing with wa­ter.

ý Trees, shrubs and peren­ni­als, if well-es­tab­lished and well-placed, need less wa­ter than newly planted ones.

ýCheck for soil mois­ture be­fore wa­ter­ing. Dig into the soil with a trowel a few inches. If it feels moist, hold off. ýWater deeply, but in­fre­quently. Wet­ting the soil sur­face with­out get­ting wa­ter to the root is point­less. The goal is to keep roots moist. But don’t overdo it.

Then, let the top few inches of the soil dry out be­tween wa­ter­ing so the roots can breath.

ýMin­imise evap­o­ra­tion loss by wa­ter­ing early in the day or late at night, and when the wind is calm.

ýAd­just sprin­klers to avoid wa­ter­ing un­nec­es­sary ar­eas such as drive­ways.

ýAd­just wa­ter­ing to weather con­di­tions.

ýMulch-mow your lawn. Set your mower higher at two inches and leave the clip­pings, which help re­tain mois­ture.

Con­sider let­ting your lawn go dor­mant. Wa­ter deeply only once a month to keep it alive.

To pre­vent runoff, you may need to wa­ter a short time, wait a few min­utes, and then restart. Be sure to tar­get ar­eas that re­ceive heavy foot traf­fic, since dor­mant grass can be dam­aged by heavy wear.

ýAll con­sumers are urged to re­port vis­i­ble and sus­pected pipe bursts.

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