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CONSERVATION CORNER: Water use efficiency measures for the home

CONSERVATION CORNER: Water use efficiency measures for the home


POSTED May 16, 2014 7:41 p.m.

The average household uses approximately 260 gallons of water per day. A significant amount of that use occurs in the kitchen and bathroom. Lengthy showers, older appliances and fixtures, and overuse of the water tap are just a few of the water wasting activities that occur in these areas of the home.

By implementing simple and easy water-saving measures (listed below), we can achieve the goal of using less water, yet still accomplish the same task.

Helpful Suggestions for Water Efficiency and Savings Measures:

·         Install low flow showerheads and low flow faucet aerators.

·         Take shorter showers / turn off the water while soaping up.

·         Turn off the water while brushing your teeth and/or shaving.

·         Don’t use the toilet as a waste basket.

·         Use your dishwasher and clothes washer for only full loads.

·         Minimize use of garbage disposal – scrape table scraps into garbage can.

·         Wash fruits and veggies in a bowl of warm water rather than letting water run.

·         Reuse the water from steamed vegetables and/or melted ice cubes to water outdoor plants.

·         Store a bottle of drinking water in the fridge.

·         Replace older (less efficient) appliances with new water sense labeled products (contact the City for rebate opportunities).

·         Schedule a water survey with City staff to determine recommended water use for your household.

The suggestions listed above are just a few easy, yet effective methods for saving water at home. Even small measures can make a big impact.

Using water efficiently will help ensure reliable water supplies today and for future generations. Please do your part to be a wiser water user. And parents, be sure to get children and family members involved. If we all work together, we can make a difference.

For more information on water conservation ideas, visit the City of Turlock’s website at www.cityofturlock.org/gogreen and click on the “water conservation” tab on the right panel, or call the Municipal Services Department at 668-5590.

 

Water Conservation Tip #6

GARDEN HOSES AND AUTOMATIC SHUT-OFF VALVES

A standard garden hose can use 10 gallons per minute or more. This means you can easily use 100 gallons of water with only a 10 minute car or pavement wash. Attach an automatic shut off spray nozzle to your hose, so that water doesn’t run freely when you stop watering or set the hose down.

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