Did you know there are many more ways to conserve water during the winter than turning off your sprinklers? While turning your sprinklers off will contribute to a majority of your conservation efforts, the following are suggestions for conserving even more water at home other than outside landscape irrigation.
1. CALL THE MUNICIPAL SERVICES DEPARTMENT TO PICK-UP A HOME WATER SURVEY KIT
The City of Turlock Home Water Survey Kit can help you 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.
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 can result in 50 percent less water usage for these activities.
3. REPAIR FAUCETS
Small drips can add up to 100-300 gallons per day. Consider the additional waste if you have more than one leaky 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 it will help 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. The City of Turlock also offers rebates for high efficiency washing machines and toilets. More information can be found on the City’s website, here: https://ci.turlock.ca.us/watersewergarbageservice/waterconservation/rebates.asp.
Visit the City of Turlock website for more ideas on how to save water at www.cityofturlock.org. Brought to you by the City of Turlock Municipal Services Department.
WATER CONSERVATION TIP #162
Turn off your sprinkler system during the winter months.