Tips for Conserving Water



Tips for Conserving Water

April, 2018

Here is a list of helpful suggestions that can help you reduce water usage in your household.
• Take showers rather than baths. Showers use about a third as much water.
• Take shorter showers.
• Avoid leaving the water running while shaving and brushing teeth.
• Don't use the toilet as a trash can.
• Use the dishwasher and washing machine only with full loads.
• Don't run water continuously for vegetable and dish washing.
• Water lawns in the morning to avoid evaporation.
• Keep grass at least two inches high to shade roots.
• Use mulch or ground covering around plants to prevent excessive evaporation.
• Use waste water from the house to water your garden.
• Plant native or drought tolerant plants.
• Water trees slowly, deeply and infrequently to encourage deep rooting. A slow drip for an hour once a week should be sufficient for most trees.
• Use a broom rather than the hose to clean off walkways, patios and other outdoor areas.
• When washing your car, use a bucket of water or a hose with an automatic shut-off nozzle instead of letting the hose run.

Information courtesy of the National Association of Home Builders, www.NAHB.org.