When we save water, we not only help the earth, we save money too! Sonja Johnson, with the Regional Water Providers Consortium, shared her super simple water-saving tips:
- Set your sprinklers appropriately so it’s watering the landscape and not the cement. Improper watering – i.e.: over-watering, run-off can waste up to 50% of your water.
- Don't Overwater: use a tuna can or watering gauge and a timer. Overwatering is the #1 water waster. On average, lawns need approximately 1” of water a week. The tuna can or watering gauge will help determine to measure your 1"..
- Use a hose nozzle w/ shut-off valve can save approx. 5 -7 gallons per minute. Same true for washing your car.
- Use a broom instead of a hose to clean your driveway or sidewalk. It’s good exercise and saves lots of water.
- Set your mower blades one notch higher. A taller lawn provides shade to the roots and helps retain soil moisture.
- Check your irrigation system and hoses for leaks. A pinhole size leak (1/32”) can waste over 6,000 gallons of water per month.
For more great tips -- including how to read your water meter and fix a leaking toilet -- check out the Regional Water Providers Consortium website.