In some areas of the country, drought conditions are something people have to deal with on a daily basis. Whether you are dealing with drought conditions or you just want to use water more wisely, check out these water saving tips that are easy to implement.
1. Icemaker working overtime? Don’t throw dropped ice cubes away. Put them in a plant or pet water instead.
2. Save water and time by washing your face or brushing your teeth while taking a shower.
3. Use the garbage disposal sparingly. Try composting instead. You’ll save gallons of water.
4. Test your shower! If it fills a one-gallon bucket in less than 20 seconds, replace the showerhead with a water-efficient model.
5. Verify that your home is leak-free. To do this, check your water meter (if you have one). Read the water meter before and after a two-hour period when you know that no water is being used. If the meter does not read exactly the same, there is a leak.
6. Insulate your water pipes. You’ll get hot water faster, plus avoid wasting water while it heats up.
7. If you have to have a water-softening system, save water and salt by running the minimum amount of regenerations necessary to maintain water softness. Turn softeners off while on vacation.
8. Check your pump. If you have a well at your home, listen to see if the pump kicks on and off while the water is not in use. If it does, you have a leak.
9. Avoid over-fertilizing your lawn. The application of fertilizers increases the need for water. Apply fertilizers which contain slow-release, water-insoluble forms of nitrogen.
10. Use mulch to retain moisture in the soil and keep weeds away. In addition to being a pain, weeds compete with your plants for water.
11. Plant native and/or drought-tolerant grasses, ground covers, shrubs, and trees. These plants are used to the average weather conditions and adjust better.
12. Skip watering on days following 1/2 inch or more of rain.
13. Don’t leave sprinklers or hoses unattended. Garden hoses can pour out 600 gallons or more in only a few hours. Use a kitchen timer to remind yourself to turn off the sprinkler.
14. Water sparingly and during the coolest times of the day (in the evening and early morning).
15. Best tip indoors or out: Think twice before letting water continuously run or dumping unused water down the drain. Little things make a big difference.