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Water Conservation Tips

Conserve water indoors: 

 150305-M-UD149-207 Photo by: Lance Cpl. Thomas Mudd
 150305-M-UD149-207 Photo by: Lance Cpl. Thomas Mudd
  • Check for water leaks or dripping faucets around your home, and repair them. 
  • Insulate your water pipes to reduce heat loss and breakage.
  • Consider installing low-flow toilets, faucets, and shower heads.
  • Take shorter showers.
  • Do not leave the water running unnecessarily.
  • Turn the faucet off when you are brushing your teeth, shaving, or scrubbing dishes.  
  • Do not waste water by waiting for it to heat up. Capture the cold water to use later, or heat water on the stove.
  • Reuse water you wash vegetables in to water plants, etc.
  • Start a compost pile or dispose of food in the garbage to limit use of kitchen sink disposals that require a lot of water to operate properly.
  • Choose energy and water efficient appliances.
  • Do not waste water on small laundry loads—set the washer on the proper water level.

Conserve water outdoors:            

  • Plant native and drought tolerant plants and grasses.
  • Water lawn during designated times of the day.        
  • Do not overwater the lawn. It needs to be watered only every 5–7 days in hot weather and every 10–14 days the rest of the time.
  • Never leave sprinklers and hoses unattended so you don’t forget to turn them off.
  • Use the most water efficient hoses and sprinklers.
  • Install irrigation devices.
  • Wash the car on the lawn, so it gets watered simultaneously and turn the hose off instead of letting it run.
  • Avoid ornamental water features (fountains) unless they recycle water.
  • Save rainwater where practical.  

 Conserve water in the community:    

  • Follow all water restrictions and water shortage rules.        
  • Encourage neighbors to be water conscious.


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