Water Conservation Indoors and Outdoors
Water is connected to all aspects of our lives. We use water not only to bathe and garden, but we also drink water for nourishment and use it for cooking. That's why it's essential that we all use water efficiently. In Connecticut we are fortunate to have an ample supply of water for our everyday needs, but it is still important to use this valuable resource wisely. Following are some simple steps to lower your water use both indoors and outside, conserving and saving you money on you water bill at the same time
The bathroom is one of the most water-intensive rooms in the house. Some toilets are able to consume 27% of the entire indoor household water use; and a leaky toilet has the ability to waste up to 200 gallons a day! There are many opportunities to save water inside the house. Below are general water saving tips and ideas on how to conserve.
What can you do to conserve?
Run full dishwasher loads in your dishwasher and clothes washer. Set your washing machine's water levels to match the amount of clothing being washed
Wash cars with a bucket, rather than running a hose
High efficiency plumbing fixtures and appliances can save about 30 percent of indoor water usage.
Keep a pitcher of cold tap water in the refrigerator. You'll save money compared to buying bottled water, and avoid running the tap until the water is cold.
Shutting the water off when brushing your teeth or shaving can save up to 10 gallons
A bath can use up to 50 gallons of water, where a shower uses about half that amount
Following are some simple tips to help lower the amount of water you use for outdoor purposes.
Water your lawn only when it needs it. Simply walk across the grass to see if it needs water. The best time to water a lawn is early morning. Nearly 30 percent of water can evaporate when watering at midday.
Set your lawn mower one notch higher to limit evaporation.
Check sprinkler heads and valves for leaks. Use automatic shutoff device to prevent the irrigation system from operating during rainstorms or disable the timer and operate the system manually.
Position sprinklers to avoid watering pavement and sidewalks.
Plant for your climate. Native plants might have lower water needs. A local nursery can help you plan a water-wise garden.
Use mulch around plants and shrubs to save moisture. And reduce water evaporation in the soil.
Sweep driveways, sidewalks, and steps rather than hosing them off.
When washing your car, use soap and water from a bucket.
Disconnect hoses and make sure outdoor water is shut off during cold weather to prevent leaks.
Get a swimming pool cover. You will cut the loss of water by evaporation by 90 percent.