As the weather heats up during the summer months, a rise in water use (especially outdoors) is typical for most households. The majority (60% or more) is used on lawns and outdoor landscaping. There are lots of ways to save water at home, but reducing the water you use outdoors can make the biggest difference of all. Here are a few easy ways to change the way you use water outside your home.
· Water early in the morning or later in the evening when temperatures are cooler. Save: 25 gallons/each time you water.
· Check your sprinkler system frequently and adjust sprinklers so only your lawn is watered and not the house, sidewalk, or street. Save: 15-12 gallons/each time you water.
· Put a layer of mulch around trees and plants to reduce evaporation and keep the soil cool. Organic mulch also improves the soil and prevents weeds. Save: 20-30 gallons/each time you water/1,000 sq. ft.
· Plant drought-resistant trees and plants. Save: 30- 60 gallons/each time you water/1,000 sq. ft.
— Brought to you by the City of Turlock Municipal Services Department
Water Conservation Tip #10
REPAIR LEAKING 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.