Water Conservation Tips
About 75% of indoor water use is in the bathroom. We know that we can save about 2 gallons or water by turning off the water while brushing our teeth, but check out some other water wise tips that include retrofitting.
Studies have shown that dripping and leaking faucets and toilets account for as much as 14% of indoor water use. A slowly leaking faucet can use up to 170 gallons or water each day.
What can you do?
11% of indoor water use is in the kitchen. When washing or cleaning fruit and vegetable, fill the sink with water and rinse, rather than allowing water to run.
14% of indoor water use is contributed to laundry. An average washing machine uses 32 to 50 gallons per cycle. When doing laundry, wash only when you have a full load.
Over 50% of all outdoor water use is in the landscape. This presents an opportunity for greater water efficiency, here are some helpful tips to help you achieve that.
Use an Adjustable Sprinkler
Conserving water in the landscape starts with re-thinking the ways you use and apply water to plantings. Trade in a non-adjustable oscillating sprinkler for on the offers multiple watering patterns.
Install Drip Irrigation
One of the best ways to water plants efficiently is with drip irrigation. A DYI drip irrigation system combines professional grade materials with simple installation. The result is water being delivered directly to the root zone of plants, eliminating runoff and losses through evaporation.
Choose Water Saving Containers
Choose containers with low water use in mind. Glazed terra cotta
containers don’t just look great, they also don’t lose water through the
pot sides, thus requiring infrequent watering.
Harvest Rain With Cisterns
Cisterns provide a large water storage option for roof runoff. Think of
them like a rain barrel on steroids. A covered cistern eliminates insect
issues that can develop with open rain barrels. Most large cisterns
include a pump to speed water flow from the tanks.
Cover bare soil with mulch to help slow water evaporation. A mulch layer
that’s 2 to 3 inches deep helps retain soil moisture and reduce weed
Water Pots in the Afternoon
Water plants at the right time of day: in-ground plantings in the
morning and containers in the afternoon. Research has shown that
watering container gardens late in the day leads to healthier plants.
Build a Rain Garden
Include a rain garden on your property to slow down and help filter
pollutants from storm runoff. Rain gardens can be large or small and
designed to include plants that appeal to your home’s design aesthetic.
Choose Native Plants
Native plants are famous for their carefree personalities and ability to
thrive on rainfall. The Mexican hat plant is no exception. It delivers
season-long color to the landscape and demands minimal care and water.
Replace Hose Washers
Check washers – in hoses and attachments – at the start of each season,
especially if your area has hard water or if you store hoses in an
unheated shed in winter. Washers harden and crack over time, creating
easy-to-repair leaks that take a matter of seconds to fix.
Group Plants by Water Needs
Arrange plantings in zones based on water use. Group thirsty plants
together, including things like bedding plants and lawn. Keep lower
water use plants like shrubs and drought tolerant perennials in a
separate area. Install an irrigation system controller that supports
zone watering to enjoy state-of-the-art water savings.
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