It is a lot more difficult to stay motivated with water conservation efforts when it is raining outside. But even if your sprinklers are turned off and you aren’t refilling your pool for the hot season, it is still important to maintain conservation habits by focusing efforts on other methods of saving water.
The following are suggestions for conserving water at home other than outside watering landscape irrigation.
1. CALL THE MUNICIPAL SERVICES DEPARTMENT TO PICK-UP A HOME WATER USE SURVEY KIT
The City of Turlock Home Water Survey Kit can help determine your water use as well as learn ways to save water inside and outside your home or business. The Home Water Survey Kit shows users how to read their water meter and use it to:
· Detect for leaks
· Evaluate if landscape is being irrigated appropriately
· Assess the efficiency of water fixtures and appliances
· Identify water saving opportunities
· Receive free water conservation devices by completing and returning the Survey Results Response Form to the Municipal Services Department.
2. TAKE SHORTER SHOWERS
A typical shower lasts about 8 minutes and uses about 17 gallons. An efficient shower lasts 3 or 4 minutes and uses 7.5 gallons. Create a "shortest shower" contest for your family. Wet down, soap up, rinse off; this will result in 50 percent less water usage for these activities.
3. REPAIR FAUCETS
Small drips add up to 100-300 gallons a day. Consider the additional waste if you have more than one dripping faucet in your house. Repair dripping and leaking faucets immediately.
4. INSULATE YOUR WATER PIPES
You will get hot water faster if your water pipes are insulated plus avoid wasting water while it heats up.
5. HIGH-EFFICIENCY WASHING MACHINE
Your clothes washer is the second largest water user in your home. Energy Star rated washers also have a Water Factor at or lower than 9.5, use 35-50 percent less water and 50 percent less energy per load. Switch to a high efficiency washing machine and save money on both your water and energy bills.
Visit the City of Turlock website for more ideas on how to save water at www.cityofturlock.org. For questions or additional information, please contact Municipal Services at 209-668-5590. Brought to you by the City of Turlock Municipal Services Department.
WATER CONSERVATION TIP #36
Turn off your sprinkler system during the winter months.