Wa­ter con­ser­va­tion

The Covington News - - FRONT PAGE - See what to do as the state waits for much needed rain, 3A

Newton County Wa­ter Re­sources is is­su­ing the fol­low­ing tips in or­der to con­serve wa­ter as rain­fall con­tin­ues to elude the area: Fix leaks im­me­di­ately. Reg­u­larly check for leaks in­side and out­side the home.

Don’t leave the tap run­ning. When shav­ing,ving, brush­ing teeth, wash­ing your ace, or food,d, turn off the tap.

Check your toi­let for leaks. Put food color in the toi­let tank and wait 10 min­utes. If it seeps into your toi­let bowl, a leak is present.

Use the dish­washer and wash­ing ma­chine only when full.

Re­place older toi­lets and shower heads with high ef­fi­ciency mod­els. Homes built be­fore 1993 may qual­ify for a toi­let re­bate. Choose ef­fi­cient ap­pli­ances. Look for EPA Wa­ter Sense and EN­ERGY STAR la­beled prod­ucts when shop­ping for new ap­pli­ances and fix­tures. These prod­ucts have been in­de­pen­dently tested and ver­i­fied to save at least 20 per­cent more wa­ter com­pared to con­ven­tional prod­ucts. Scrape dishes be­fore wash­ing­washi them. Avoid us­ing the garbage dis­posal. It wa wastes a lot of wa­ter and can con­trib­ute to pipe clogs clogs. Only wa­terw plants when nec­es­sary. Use a rain gauge and wa­ter no more than one inch per week. Wa­ter be­tween the hours of 4 p.m. and 10 a.m. Re­duce the amount of lawn and land­scape with plants or plants well adapteda to this re­gion. Ad­just sprin­klers so only the lawn is wa­teredte and not the house, side­walk or street.

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