EV­ERY DROP COUNTS

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• Check for toi­let leaks by adding food col­or­ing to the tank. If the toi­let is leak­ing, color will ap­pear in the bowl within 30 min­utes.

• Avoid flush­ing the toi­let un­nec­es­sar­ily. Dis­pose of tis­sues, in­sects and other sim­i­lar waste in the trash.

• Re­place your show­er­head with an ul­tra low- flow ver­sion, sav­ing up to 2.5 gal­lons per minute.

• In the shower, in­stead of in­creas­ing the hot or cold wa­ter flow to ad­just the wa­ter tem­per­a­ture, try de­creas­ing the flow to achieve a com­fort­able wa­ter tem­per­a­ture. • Don’t let the wa­ter run while shav­ing, wash­ing your face or brush­ing your teeth. • Min­i­mize the use of kitchen sink dis­pos­als; they re­quire a lot of wa­ter to op­er­ate prop­erly. Start a com­post pile as an al­ter­nate method of dis­pos­ing of food waste.

• Store drink­ing wa­ter in the re­frig­er­a­tor rather than let­ting the tap run to get a cool glass of wa­ter.

• Do not use run­ning wa­ter to thaw meat or other frozen foods. De­frost them overnight in the re­frig­er­a­tor.

• When wash­ing dishes by hand, fill one sink or basin with soapy wa­ter. Quickly rinse un­der a slow stream of wa­ter from the faucet. Use the dirty wa­ter to run your sink dis­posal if nec­es­sary.

• Fully load au­to­matic dish­wash­ers; they use the same amount of wa­ter no mat­ter how much is in them.

• Un­like your dish­washer, the amount of wa­ter your wash­ing ma­chines uses is ad­justable; ad­just ac­cord­ing to the load size.

• Buy wa­ter sav­ing wash­ing ma­chines. Hor­i­zon­tal load­ing ma­chines use less wa­ter than top- load­ing ma­chines.

• In­stall a hot wa­ter re­cir­cu­la­tion de­vice. By re­cir­cu­lat­ing wa­ter that would oth­er­wise go down the drain you can save 2- 3 gal­lons of wa­ter per shower of 16,500 gal­lons a year per house­hold.

• Never in­stall a wa­ter- to- air heat pump or air con­di­tion­ing sys­tem. Air- to- air mod­els are just as ef­fi­cient and do not waste wa­ter.

• In­stall wa­ter- soft­en­ing sys­tems only when nec­es­sary. Save wa­ter and salt by run­ning the min­i­mum amount of re­gen­er­a­tions nec­es­sary. Turn soft­en­ers off while on vacation.

• Ver­ify that your home is leak free. Read your wa­ter me­ter be­fore and af­ter a twohour pe­riod when no wa­ter is be­ing used. If the me­ter does not read ex­actly the same, there is a hid­den leak.

• 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.

• Retro­fit all waste­ful house­hold faucets by in­stalling aer­a­tors with flow re­stric­tors.

• In­su­late your wa­ter pipes. You’ll get to hot wa­ter faster and avoid wast­ing wa­ter.

• Raise your lawn mower blade to at least 3 inches. A lawn cut higher en­cour­ages grass roots to grow deeper, shades the root sys­tem and holds soil mois­ture bet­ter than closely- clipped lawns.

• Avoid over­fer­til­iz­ing your lawn. The ap­pli­ca­tion of fer­til­iz­ers in­creases the need for wa­ter and is a source of wa­ter pol­lu­tion. • Mulch to re­tain soil mois­ture and con­trol weeds. • Plant na­tive and / or drought tol­er­ant plants. Group plants to­gether based on sim­i­lar wa­ter needs. • Min­i­mize the grass ar­eas in your yard be­cause less grass means less wa­ter. • Do not hose down your drive­way or side­walk; use a broom in­stead sav­ing hun­dreds of gal­lons of wa­ter.

• Check all hoses, con­nec­tors and spig­ots reg­u­larly. Re­place or add wash­ers if you find leaks.

• If you have a pool, con­sider a new wa­ter- sav­ing pool fil­ter. A sin­gle back­flush­ing with a tra­di­tional fil­ter uses from 180 to 250 gal­lons of wa­ter.

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