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14 ways you can conserve your water this summer

June 22nd, 2012

water being poured into a glass

Water conservation is an important part of today’s world. Our resources are running out and the more energy we waste today the less we have for tomorrow, so conserving your water today is a very good idea. Not only do we save money, but we also help to reduce the strain we place collectively on the environment. In addition, when water is scarce it also helps to provide a more balanced usage of water to reduce the load on the municipal water system. This is why if you suspect you have a water leak or other problem it is a good idea to call on a professional plumber to inspect the issue. Without further rambling, here are some water conservation tips that should help you get through the coming summer months.

1. Washing dishes is one area that a lot of people waste quite a lot of water. If you set up one sink to wash all of your dishes in, and another sink that you can use to soak and rinse your washed dishes you can save a large quantity of water.

Without some water conservation tips, watering grass can be exceedingly wasteful.

2. When you are watering your lawn it is common for people to position their sprinkler in such a manner that it is also watering the sidewalk or street! Be sure to optimize your usage of water in this area, place your sprinkler in a position so that it is only watering your lawn.

3. Try not to use your garbage disposal very often. You can save a lot of water by composting materials instead of throwing them in the garbage disposal unit.

4. If you are drinking cold water from your sink often, consider just getting a jug of water and throwing it into your fridge for a few hours. You’ll have colder water and all of the water will be drunk by you, not flowing down the sink while you run the tap waiting for the water to cool down.

5. Make sure that you water your lawn in the morning or evening. This way the sun has yet to be blaring down on your grass. This will stop water from evaporating due to the heat of the sun, but additionally it is also good for your lawn as the sun when striking the small water droplets has a tendency to cause microscopic burn damage in your lawn. Obviously not a thing you are interested in doing!

6. Leaks inside of your home are usually more obvious, but don’t ever forget that you having an external plumbing system as well that is just as prone to leaking. Make sure that you check for leaks always, not only is this a waste of water but a leaking pipe will cost you a lot of money in the long-run.

7. If you are in the market for a new appliance that puts to use a large amount of water, make sure that you choose a green or energy saving appliance, and also check to see if you can change the load size for the appliance. This will help you to control the amount of water that is put to use during each cycle. There also exist rebate programs for green appliances depending on where you live, helping you to save even more cash!

8. Your toilet could be leaking without you even knowing about it. This is one very important area to check as you could be waste upwards of 900 gallons of water a month. Buy some food colouring and pour it into the back of your toilet, into the water tank. Next, go read a book, watch TV, admire the garden or whatever it is that you do to pass time. Check your toilet bowl after a couple of hours to see if the water has changed colour, if it has this means you have a water leak in your toilet tank. Call a plumber ASAP.

9. If you water your garden regularly you may be better off collecting rain water run off for this purpose. There are quite a few designs you can implement but one simple one is to just run your eaves trough run off straight into a giant garbage pail, then dip a pitcher into this to grab some water for your garden.

10. If you are commonly thawing food using running water, you are wasting a huge amount doing this. If you are defrosting completely frozen food, put it in your refrigerator the night before you need to use it and then the next day place it on your counter for a few hours. This will save you a lot of water.

11. You may follow a common place water schedule for your grass or garden, one way you can save water is to actually check whether or not the ground needs water. Do this by digging a small hole in the ground near where you are going to be watering. Check down a few inches to see if the ground is actually dry or not, if there is some dampness a couple of inches down then you are good for water, put it off for a day or two and check again.

12. A leaky tap can cost you a ton of money, be sure that all of your taps close properly and do not leak at all. One common problem is that your taps don’t close all the way and you need to tighten them exceptionally so. Make sure that all of your family members understand how to turn off your faucets if this is the case and consider calling a plumber to fix them, or putting on your DIY hat.

hand washing some dishes in a sink

Washing dishes in your sink can consume quite a bit of water if you’re not mindful of your usage.

13. When you are washing your dishes, make sure that you soak your pots and pans that have food caked onto them. Some people will run the tap and let water cascade over the stubborn old food while scrubbing away intensely. This will waste a huge amount of water and also takes more work. Soaking is an ideal solution that reduces water usage and effort to clean these problems.

14. If you are watering your lawn or garden with a sprinkler system make sure that you setup a timer to let you know when it’s done. These systems can pump out a lot of water very quickly, upwards of 9 gallons a minute, so if you’re not monitoring this usage of water it can very rapidly get out of hand. Try watering your lawn of 15 minute intervals to see what works best.

There are quite a few things that can be done to save water; these are just a few tips that address most common areas that people over look.