Saving Water

Water: Our Most Precious Resource

American Water & Energy Savers, of Florida, has put together a list of 49 ways to save water. Here are a few:

1. Never put water down the drain when there may be another use for it, such as watering a plant or garden, or cleaning.

2. Verify that your home is leak-free. Many homes have hidden water leaks. If you have a water meter, here is how to test: read your meter before and after a two-hour period when no water is being used. If the meter does not read exactly the same, there is a leak.

3. 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 which will add to the cost of water and sewer utilities, or strain your septic system.

4. Check for toilet tank leaks by adding food coloring to the tank. If the toilet is leaking, color will appear in the toilet bowl within 30 minutes. Check the toilet for worn out, corroded or bent parts. Most replacement parts are inexpensive, readily available and easily installed. (Flush as soon as the test is done, since food coloring may stain the tank.)

5. Avoid flushing the toilet unnecessarily. Dispose of tissues, insects and other such waste in the trash rather than the toilet.

6. Take shorter showers. Replace your shower head with an ultra-low-flow version. Some units are available that allow you to cut off the flow without adjusting the water temperature knobs.

7. Use the minimum amount of water needed for a bath by filling the tub only one-third full. Put the stopper in the drain before turning on the water. The initial burst of cold water will be warmed by adding hot water.

8. Don’t let water run while doing the dishes, shaving or washing your face. Brush your teeth first while waiting for water to get hot, and then wash or shave after filling the basin.

9. Store drinking water in the refrigerator rather than letting the tap run every time you want a cool glass of water.

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